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Yahoo Messenger to Be Discontinued

Yahoo has announced plans to discontinue once popular Yahoo Messenger chat service on July 17, 2018.

The announcement comes just 6 months after Yahoo and AOL moms and dad business Oath terminated AIM. If you're interested in downloading your Yahoo Messenger chat history, make sure to do that quickly.

" We understand we have numerous faithful fans who have used Yahoo Messenger since its beginning as one of the very first chat apps of its kind," the business wrote. "As the communications landscape continues to change over, we're concentrating on structure and presenting brand-new, amazing communications tools that  fit customer requirements."

Yahoo initially presented the chat service in 1998, a year after the now-defunct AOL Instant Messenger (otherwise called AIM) made its debut. The business initially called the service Pager, however in 1999 rebranded it to Messenger.

Under previous CEO Marissa Mayer, Yahoo in 2015 released a brand-new version of Messenger with functions like bulk picture sharing, simple access to GIFs, and a Snapchat-esque remote erase function. However attempting to contend for users in a crowded market dominated by modern apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Viber, Snapchat, Line, and Telegram showed tough. The revamped version of Messenger never actually  on with the masses.

Now, Messenger will only continue working normally till July 17. After that date, you will no longer be able to access your chats and the service will not work. Your Yahoo ID will continue to work for other Yahoo residential or commercial properties like Mail and Dream.

You have 6 months to download your Messenger chat history, if you want it. To do that, head over to Yahoo's downloader request website, sign in, select a confirmation technique, enter the code sent to you, click Download, and enter an email where you want the file sent.

In its announcement, Yahoo said it does not have an immediate replacement product for Messenger, however is working on a group messaging app called Squirrel, which is currently in beta and only offered to those with an invitation. If you're interested in trying out Squirrel, you can head here to request an invite.