It’s the end of an era, as Oath has just announced it would shut down one of the most popular messaging services in the world. After 20 years of existence, we will finally say goodbye to Yahoo Messenger. Starting July 17th, you will no longer be able to use the service that probably marked your childhood and teenage years.
Prepare to say goodbye to Yahoo Messenger
Oath, Yahoo’s parent company, made a distressing announcement on June 8th. After 20 years of being one of the top messaging services, the company decided to shut down Yahoo Messenger. If you have important data to get from its archives, hurry up to do it before July 17th. After that date, the chats and the service will no longer work.
Your Yahoo ID won’t disappear, as you can still use it on Yahoo Mail, for instance, or Yahoo Fantasy. However, it’s better if you download everything you need right now and, once you’re done, you delete the app from your computer.
Yahoo Messenger had a hard time dealing with the competition
This is truly a historical moment, as Yahoo Messenger has been an important part of everyone’s life. It first appeared in 1998, when it was called Yahoo Pager. Soon after its release, it became the top messaging service and remained on its position for many years. However, its popularity slowly decreased as better apps appeared on the market.
Yahoo Messenger was first introduced on mobile in 2009, when it received an iOS version. Then, it reached Android as well, but the chat apps from Facebook, Google, or Apple proved a lot better. This year, for instance, the service occupied the 160th place in the iOS top and the 117th in Android. Therefore, the main reason for this shutdown is definitely competition from other messaging apps.
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