Yahoo Messenger to be discontinued in July

Yahoo Messenger to be discontinued in July
Earlier today, Yahoo announced that it will forfeit its Messenger service effective July 17. Although users can continue to take advantage of the service until July 17, 2018, Yahoo Messenger will stop working after that date.

The reason for Yahoo's decision to close the Messenger service is a bit ambiguous, but at least the company offers a short statement that somewhat motivates the closing of the communication service.


And for those loyal fans who absolutely must replace Messenger with another Yahoo service, the company recommends Yahoo Squirrel, an invite-only group messaging app.

The good news is you can download your chat history to your personal computer or device for the next 6 months. Also, your Yahoo ID will continue to work for other Yahoo services like Mail and Fantasy.

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19 Comments

1. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

Google will probably buy it, only to announce it's return as another Google messaging service.

4. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

No they won't.

2. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

ahhhh... the nostalgia of having Y!M with a Dial up connection lol!

6. salami1980

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

That was such an important thing in our life Smartphone revolution changed every thing so fast.

10. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I feel like what caused their demise were the arrival of Facebook and their live chat feature (remember when it didn't save chat logs yet and can't do anything except just plain messages and emoticons?) and the swift arrival of the likes of iMessage/Facetime which are far easier to use and easier access and it took a lot of time before Yahoo released a mobile version which was plagued with issues such as memory/power hungry and very buggy. Yahoo! wasn't able to keep up while Skype still held on. RIP Y!M 1998-2018

12. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

BUZZ!!!

18. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

yeah that lol!! and the cheeky Avatars lol

3. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

No... I have on computer...

5. Alcyone

Posts: 385; Member since: May 10, 2018

I remember the good old days of using the Sanyo SCP-6400 on Sprints network. Looking back, I thought it was cool to use IM in such a way. Two choices for screen backlight, green or orange. Side note, I still have a 6400 brand new, unused in box. Lol

7. two_soggy_waffles

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 10, 2017

NOOOOOO this is the only messenger i use

8. ullokey

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Goodbye "A/S/l?"

19. Brewski

Posts: 690; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Not quite. Omegle still uses that.

15. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

The good old days, sitting on instant message programs on my PC so friends could message me instead of call the house. Cell phones and texting really changed things for the better.

16. lyndon420

Posts: 6786; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Wow...I almost forgot about Yahoo. Damn I feel old now.

17. Phantom1031

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

I remember my university time, during 2005 & 2006, i used to enter chat rooms and mess with people, it was very funny though, my brother had an id with a female name, as soon as he entered chat room, id was bombarded with tons of msgs by male, Then there i had made friendship with a lady from US, sometimes she used to chat, quite funny how people used to get engage with someone totally unknown. Good old dial up modems are long gone, we didn’t had 3g phones back then and when i purchased one, here was no service available, wifi was a far cry. Gosh times have changed a lot

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