Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Yahoo! Kills! The! Messenger!

Yahoo! Kills! The! Messenger!

With the rise of text messaging and mobile communication apps, early web based and desktop chat programs were pushed aside for the ease of using a mobile phone to communicate. The company announced today that it will be pulling the plug on its popular chat service on July 17, after which users won't be able to access or sign in on Yahoo Messenger.

"'As the communications landscape continues to change over, we're focusing on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs".

The reason cited for this decision by Oath is that they have built Squirrel with a much better technology and more dynamic features that the customers may like, while acknowledging that it is not a very happy decision they have made to shut down Yahoo messenger. Users will have six months after the shutdown to download their Messenger chat history for old times' sake. And with the rise of smartphones, Apple's iMessage, Message+ on Android and other apps, such as Snapchat and China's WeChat, have effectively pushed Yahoo Messenger out of the way.

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Yahoo has never publicly disclosed how many active users Yahoo Messenger had, only going so far as to say hundreds of million of people have used it over the 20-year life span of the product, according to TechCrunch. Yahoo Messenger, on the other hand, failed to evolve as quickly. Pager, but was later rebranded under the Messenger title. Apart from one-on-one messaging, the application featured various group chats, known as Chat Rooms. That can be achieved through a specific downloader request site.

Click on Download enter your email.

But some are still having a hard time letting go of Yahoo's OG chat app.

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Many were surprised to learn that Yahoo Messenger is still in operation after all these years.

It was reborn as an app in December 2015, but unsurprisingly, it didn't take off like other chat apps.

Squirrel is now in beta and is only available by invite.

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