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.
We know we have many loyal fans who have used Yahoo Messenger since its beginning as one of the first chat apps of its kind. As the communications landscape continues to change over, we're focusing on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs.
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.