Iconic Yahoo Messenger to Shut Down After 20 Years
Users will now be directed to a new Squirrel service which is also available for download on the App Store and Play Store
The much-loved Yahoo Messenger chat service, from Yahoo.com will shut down from July 17, 2018. Users will henceforth be unable to access its services, including chats, instead they will be redirected to a new Squirrel service, which is also available for download on iOS and Android on the App Store and Play Store.
Users who already have access to the Squirrel service can invite others, while others who wish to use the service can request an invitation. The new app allows users to create separate chat rooms for people, topics or private chats, as well as turn off notifications in chat rooms, among other features.
Yahoo Messenger was first launched in 1998 under the name Yahoo Pager, it was then renamed Yahoo Messenger in 1999 and offered users a first real time communication platform. An older version of Yahoo Messenger was shut down in August 2016, while the version of Messenger which will shut down on the 17th July had been launched in December 2015.
Last year, Verizon bought Yahoo’s central business for nearly $4.5 billion after which yahoo was merged with AOL.
Yahoo Messenger users can download their chat history by going to the downloader request site, signing in, selecting a verification method and then entering the Account Key.
After clicking download and entering the email where the chat history files will be sent, users can then check the chat history on email.
Yahoo recommends that users delete the Yahoo Messenger app after they have downloaded their chat history.
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