Thursday, 16 August, 2018

RIP Yahoo Messenger (1998-2018): Oath Shuts It Down On July 17

Yahoo Messenger will shut down on July 17.                  Screenshot by Sarah Mitroff  CNET Yahoo Messenger will shut down on July 17. Screenshot by Sarah Mitroff CNET
Troy Mann | 09 June, 2018, 14:39

Oath, the Verizon-owned company that now runs Yahoo Messenger, hasn't announced any plans to replace it with something that could become an actual competitor to the likes of WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. From July 18, 2018 on users won't be able to access chats and other services related to Yahoo Messenger anymore.

"We know we have many loyal fans who have used Yahoo Messenger since its beginning as one of the first chat apps of its kind", Oath wrote.

Yahoo said the company will focus "on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs".

According to Oath's brand-information site, Yahoo Messenger had a "peak user reach" of 122.6 million users. Pager, the service was rebranded a year later to Yahoo!

So if you want to step back in time a bit, back to when the telegram was still around and the iPhone was still nearly a decade away, slide on over to Yahoo Messenger for the next month.

Yahoo Messenger's days are numbered.

Yahoo Messenger hasn't been a big deal for years, but it was absolutely massive at one point in time. Oauth, the new parent company of Yahoo and AOL, sold Flickr recently to SmugMug, and shut down AOL Messenger AIM back in 2017.

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In 2015, under former CEO Marissa Mayer, the company unveiled Yahoo Livetext, an audio-free video messaging app to significant fanfare.

The end of Yahoo Messenger isn't surprising.

There's no immediate replacement for the app, but Oath, a unit of Verizon that operates Yahoo, pointed users to its new invite-only messaging app, called Squirrel.

One Twitter user said they even met their wife while using Yahoo Messenger.

Click download and enter the email where you want the file sent to, then click OK.

Now You: What's your take on the retiring of Yahoo Messenger?

Now, Yahoo is directing people to look into using Squirrel, an invitation-only group chat app that is currently in beta testing.

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