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Yahoo Messenger is shutting down this July

09 June 2018, 02:42 | Cameron Gross

Yahoo Messenger is getting killed off in July

Yahoo Messenger is shutting down on July 17, redirects users to group messaging app Squirrel

Yahoo said Friday that it would pull the plug on the 20-year-old messaging service on July 17. If you want to, you can download your chat history for the next six months by accessing this link.

"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", it notes.

When Yahoo Messenger debuted in 1998, chatting services were just emerging. Until then, you can continue to use the service normally, ' Yahoo said in a statement. Yahoo Messenger, on the other hand, failed to evolve as quickly.

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 will shut down on July 17.

The company said that Yahoo Messenger will no longer be supported after July 17.

Go to the downloader request site and sign in with your Yahoo email.

Yahoo published a small FAQ in which the company tries to answer some of the most pressing questions that Yahoo Messenger users may have. Verizon is pointing users to its new group messenger, Yahoo Squirrel.

Click on Download enter your email. It's yet to be officially launched, although interested users can request to have access to the beta. Oauth, the new parent company of Yahoo and AOL, sold Flickr recently to SmugMug, and shut down AOL Messenger AIM back in 2017.

The end of Yahoo Messenger isn't surprising.

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

There has been a bit of restructuring going after after Verizon acquired Yahoo in 2016. But over the years new chatting services like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp eclipsed Yahoo Messenger in popularity.

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