Say goodbye to Yahoo Messenger!

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Yahoo Messenger is shutting down. The company announced today that it will be pulling the plug on its popular chat service on July 17, after which users won't be able to access or sign in on Yahoo Messenger. Oath discontinued AIM on December 15, 2017, and now it's gearing up to do the same with Yahoo's competing Yahoo Messenger app. Yahoo IDs will remain in service for access to Mail and fantasy sports.

As for what Yahoo recommends you do following the loss of Messenger, they say you should give Squirrel a try, its invite-only group messaging app that you can request an invite for here.

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Yahoo Messenger users have six months to download their chat history to their computer or other devices. As with numerous internet pioneer's products, Messenger was ahead of its time when the product launched, but eventually was eclipsed rivals.

However, speculations are rife that competition with newer apps like Snapchat, WeChat, and Facebook's WhatsApp and Messenger could be a major factor. It thrived as one of the top instant messaging services of the 90s with hundreds of millions of people using the service.

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Those who are still clinging to the age-old messaging service will be redirected to a new group messaging app, Squirrel, The Next Web reported. The desktop version was killed off in 2016 and, with Yahoo! transitioning from a standalone company to a piece of Verizon's Oath content network, many chunks of the old Purple Palace are destined for the scrap heap. "You can request an invite at squirrel.yahoo.com".

One Twitter user said they even met their wife while using Yahoo Messenger. There was a time when Messenger meant Yahoo Messenger. The Oath division was set up by Verizon to handle these. "Messenger since its beginning as one of the first chat apps of its kind", Yahoo! acknowledged in posting the death notice.

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