Yahoo today announced that it would be shutting down its Messenger service on July 17th. The firm will let you download your chat history up to 6 months from now, but otherwise, you’ll be unable to sign into the service or see your messages from July 15.
“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 need,” the firm said, as it announced its sunsetting.
Yahoo Messenger was once a popular messaging service that came preinstalled on pseudo-smartphones, but it belonged to an older era, the era of AIM and MSN Messenger. Like those services, it fell to the wayside once messaging apps like iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger came to the forefront, and despite an attempt to pretty itself up for millennials and generation Z, both Yahoo Messenger and the Yahoo brand itself were seen as old hat