End of an era: Yahoo Messenger is being shut down next month

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Yahoo Messenger is shutting down.

Yahoo Messenger will be discontinued on July 17, the web pioneer giant announced on Friday.

In place, the company is encouraging users to sign up for Squirrel, which the company has been quietly beta-testing since May.

Anyone who still uses the messaging app, which rose to popularity in the early aughts, has until July 17 before it'll shut down for good, Yahoo says.

The announcement further notes that users will have six months to download their chat history from Yahoo Messenger; you can find more about this here. You may not hear about that, though - while some have fond memories of Yahoo Messenger, we're betting that there aren't a lot of people who've ever heard of Squirrel.

The change won't affect any other Yahoo products or the Yahoo ID.

Oath took this opportunity to remind everyone about Yahoo Squirrel, which is an invite-only group messaging app, now in beta.

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Yahoo Messenger hasn't been a big deal for years, but it was absolutely massive at one point in time.

However, Yahoo Messenger failed to make a mark in the user consciousness as platforms such as WhatsApp, iMessage, and Facebook Messenger continued to forge ahead in the mobile era, leaving behind desktop-first software such as the Yahoo app and Google Hangouts.

The Yahoo Messenger chat service was introduced in 1998, and was very popular among Indian users then.

Click download and enter the email where you want the file sent to, then click OK.

There has been a bit of restructuring going after after Verizon acquired Yahoo in 2016.

Now You: What's your take on the retiring of Yahoo Messenger?

Yahoo Messenger now ranks at 160 on iOS and 117 on Android, marking a fall from grace when it was the messenger service of choice for 2000s tweens.

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