Yahoo Messenger to shut down on July 17 after 20 years; new messaging app being tested
After being one of the first instant messaging applications on the internet, Yahoo on Friday announced that it would be shutting down Yahoo Messenger on July 17. The announcement was made on Twitter as the technology company is said to be experimenting with how it can remain relevant today, according to a statement released by the company.
Yahoo in its statement further said that there is currently no replacement product for Yahoo Messenger but another application called Yahoo Squirrel is in testing in the beta version. All users will be directed to the application which Yahoo has started testing only last month. However, Yahoo said that all its users active on the Yahoo ID will remain intact for services like Mail and fantasy games. While there is no particular reason given for the shutdown, the most obvious conclusion would be the dominance in times like today by Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram and Snapchat and other web applications available online.
Interestingly, Yahoo is not the first tech company to shut down its messaging application. In October 2017, Oath shut down the messaging app called AIM by AOL. Users can, however, recover their messages and chat history from the last six months by going to an external website which will help them save it on their computer or device but cannot be transferred to another messaging application.