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Yahoo Messenger Shuts Down, Directs Users To Group Messaging App ‘Squirrel’

10 June 2018
Yahoo Messenger Shuts Down, Directs Users To Group Messaging App ‘Squirrel’

Oath, the subsidiary of telecommunications giant Verizon that operates Yahoo, has announced the final wrap-up of Yahoo Messenger with its services coming to an end on July 17.

According to Oath's brand-information site, Yahoo Messenger had a "peak user reach" of 122.6 million users.

The company is not specific about its reasons for shutting down Messenger, but the writing has been on the wall for some time, given the dominance today of Facebook's WhatsApp and Messenger, Snapchat, WeChat and a number of others.

The company said that while the service has "many loyal fans", it will abandon the chat app in favor of newer messaging tools "that better fit consumer needs". If you want to, you can download your chat history for the next six months by accessing this link. Yahoo Messenger, on the other hand, failed to evolve as quickly.

Those who are still clinging to the age-old messaging service will be redirected to a new group messaging app, Squirrel, The Next Web reported. "We recommend that you delete the app after you've downloaded your chat history and anything else you'd like to save". The company said that users can download their chat history to their devices; this option will be available for the next 6 months.

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Yahoo will be pulling the plug on its instant messaging application Yahoo Messenger. Pager, but was later rebranded under the Messenger title.

Yahoo Messenger also let users add custom avatars, away messengers and music tones for notifications.

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

Alongside that, the company, as a part of Oath, is now owned by Verizon, the telecoms behemoth.

However, Yahoo Messenger could not keep up with messaging services from competitors such as Facebook, Apple, and Google.