Yahoo Messenger, one of the first instant messaging services, announced on its website that the app will be shutting down on July 17. According to Yahoo, it will fully shut down the Yahoo Messenger in order to focus on building and introducing new, exciting communication tools.
“After July 17, you’ll no longer be able to access your chats and the service will no longer work,” the announcement said. It also added that there will be no replacement yet for Yahoo Messenger, but Yahoo is in the continuous process of experimenting new services and apps including an invite-only group messaging app called Yahoo Squirrel.
Those interested in downloading their Yahoo Messenger chat history can still do so for the next six months by going to the downloader request site.
Yahoo also advised its users to delete their Yahoo Messenger app once they have downloaded their chat history. The shutdown of Yahoo Messenger will not affect one’s Yahoo ID as it can still be used for other Yahoo products.
Yahoo Messenger was first released in 1998.