Yahoo! Kills! The! Messenger!

Yahoo Messenger is shutting down on July 17, redirects users to group messaging app Squirrel

Yahoo Messenger is getting killed off in July

Yahoo! has announced that on July 17, it will officially shut down its long-running Messenger client and service. From July 18, 2018 on users won't be able to access chats and other services related to Yahoo Messenger anymore.

"We know we have many loyal fans who have used Yahoo!". "As the communications landscape continues to change over, we're focusing on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs".

Yahoo Messenger launched on March 9, 1998 as Yahoo Pager, and then got its iconic rebranding on June 21, 1999. Yahoo IDs will remain in service for access to Mail and fantasy sports.

People who want an archive of their Yahoo Messaging texts can visit a special website where they can download a history of their messages, but they only have six months to do so.

Yahoo Messenger will shut down on July 17.

Although there isn't an immediate replacement for Yahoo Messenger, the company suggests Yahoo Squirrel - an invite-only group messaging app now in beta - as an alternative.

Head over to the downloader request site.

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Yahoo published a small FAQ in which the company tries to answer some of the most pressing questions that Yahoo Messenger users may have.

Oath took this opportunity to remind everyone about Yahoo Squirrel, which is an invite-only group messaging app, now in beta.

The end of Yahoo Messenger isn't surprising. This gave users the ability to use the service while on mobile devices.

Yahoo will email the file to users after a certain period of time. And while you're at it, you can also pretend Yahoo still has a chance to wipe away that pesky little Google thing, too.

The company now does not have a replacement for Yahoo Messenger.

There has been a bit of restructuring going after after Verizon acquired Yahoo in 2016.

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