Yahoo Messenger is no more. Oath, the Verizon subsidiary which owns Yahoo and AOL, is shutting down the ancient messaging service. Yahoo Messenger will stop functioning on July 17, with users having six months to download their chat history.
Oath Kills Off Yahoo Messenger
Messenger users can carry on using the service until July 17, 2018. At which point Oath will be pulling support and discontinuing the service. You’ll then have six months to download your Messenger chat history by visiting Yahoo’s download request site.
Despite Messenger being “one of the first chat apps of its kind” Yahoo states that, “as the communications landscape continues to change over, we’re focusing on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs.”
To this end, while Yahoo isn’t offering a direct replacement for Messenger, it’s advising users to try Yahoo Squirrel. This is an invite-only group messaging app that’s currently in beta, and Messenger orphans can request an invite at squirrel.yahoo.com.
Yahoo Squirrel is far from the only option, however, with Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Telegram, and Signal all being perfectly good alternatives. Still, for those of us of a certain age, Yahoo Messenger was the last remaining old-school option.
The Old Web Is Slowly Dying
While it’s a sad day when a service as old and iconic as Yahoo Messenger disappearing, its death was overdue. The handful of people still using Yahoo Messenger means it simply isn’t worth Oath spending time and money bringing it up to date.