It’s time to say goodbye to Yahoo! Messenger
This is it. Yahoo! Messenger, once an instant messaging behemoth, have fallen to obsolescence and eventual death. According to its parent company, Oath, the legendary platform will shut down next month to pave way for their new group chat app, Squirrel.
Here’s a statement from the website:
Yahoo! Messenger will no longer be supported after July 17, 2018. Until then, you can continue to use the service normally. After July 17, you’ll no longer be able to access your chats and the service will no longer work.
As sad as this sounds, the move makes total sense for Yahoo!. We don’t have to be coy about the lost privilege of the Yahoo! name, and being tethered to this branding, the messaging platform doesn’t and will less likely thrive. What’s more, the platform itself, which later inevitably switched into an app, wasn’t able to surf through the gosh-darn large and constant waves of changes to the messaging scene.
Which is what exactly Yahoo! and its parent company, Oath, are trying to do with Squirrel, their new group chat app. Details are kept under wraps about this new app, which is in private beta. Users who are interested to take the app for a spin can request for an invite by clicking this link.
Yahoo! Messenger users may also download their chat history by following the steps indicated on their FAQs here.