Yahoo! Messenger will shut down in July, after a two decade run

Yahoo! Messenger will shut down in July, after a two decade run

But the writing was on the wall after Oath shut down another of its old-school messaging services, AOL Instant Messenger, last fall.

Yahoo Messenger isn't even among the top 50 most used social networking apps on either iOS or Android and the company has struggled in the past to try to make its messaging apps relevant.

Yahoo said the company will focus "on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs".

Yes, Yahoo Messenger is finally shutting down. If you want to, you can download your chat history for the next six months by accessing this link. The company said that users can download their chat history to their devices; this option will be available for the next 6 months. The company recommends Yahoo Squirrel, a beta invite-only group messaging application.

For now, Yahoo isn't offering a replacement for Messenger, which attracted millions of users over the past two decades.

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Yahoo Messenger first launched in 1998 as Yahoo Pager, back in a time before smartphones, when kids actually knew what a pager referred to. Yahoo user IDs will continue to work with other services (such as Yahoo Mail). Customers interested in signing up for the "by invite only" app, will have to log into their site and do the needful.

Watch your email for the file.

Like AIM, it had some what are now considered to be pretty retro features, including 'IMVironments, ' which let users customize their instant messenger windows around cartoon characters like Dilbert and Garfield. "Messenger since its beginning as one of the first chat apps of its kind", Yahoo! acknowledged in posting the death notice.

It was reborn as an app in December 2015, but unsurprisingly, it didn't take off like other chat apps.

"There now isn't a replacement product available for Yahoo Messenger".