Web Desk: Finally It’s the end of an era for die-hard Yahoo users as the messaging app that many people probably didn’t know still existed, is finally shutting down for good.
The company announced last week that it will end support for Yahoo Messenger after July 17, 2018. While you can keep using the service until then, after that point you will no longer be able to access your chats or the service.
“There currently isn’t a replacement product available for Yahoo Messenger,” the company writes. “We’re constantly experimenting with new services and apps, one of which is an invite-only group messaging app called Yahoo Squirrel (currently in beta).” Squirrel is a group messaging app Yahoo started testing last month.
Yahoo Messenger was one of the first instant messaging apps created, but it struggled to keep up with modern apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Snapchat.
The app became popular with oil and commodity traders in the late ’90s because it was free, easy to use, and was quickly solidified as their main method of communication.
Yahoo recommends deleting the app after you’ve downloaded your chat history and any other information you’d like to save, according to the website. Ending Messenger support will not impact any user’s Yahoo ID, which will continue to work for Yahoo Mail and other products.