Yahoo Messenger to Shutdown on July 17

Yahoo will be closing its Yahoo Messenger services and the Users will be redirected to Squirrel App. The ages-old messaging service would be closed by Yahoo and users will be able to download their six-month chat history and will be redirected to a new group messaging app Squirrel.

Yahoo has been beta-testing Squirrel since last month. It will go public when Yahoo Messenger shuts down. However, those who are looking for try out Squirrel right now can request for beta access.

The Yahoo Messenger chat service was introduced in 1998. It was very popular back then in  India and in most o the other parts f the world. The downfall of the messenger began with the release of google talk, social media services like Facebook and chat apps like WhatsApp. The new version of Yahoo Messenger was launched in December 2015 and phased out the original Messenger app in August the following year. This updated look brought a completely new design, and many new features. The most notable among them was the Unsend feature, which allowed users to retrace their footsteps and undo sending messages.

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.


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