Yahoo Messenger going down for good on July 17 after a two-decade run
On March 9, 1998, Yahoo! introduced a product simply called Pager. Since beepers were slowly becoming a thing of the past in those days, Yahoo Pager turned into Yahoo Messenger about one year later, in late June of 1999. Currently supported on Android, iOS, and web browsers, Yahoo Messenger was also available for Mac, Windows, Linux, and Solaris until 2016. Now a shadow of its former self in terms of popularity, this iconic instant messaging service will be terminated on July 17.
Since some of the few ones still using it might have a few questions, Yahoo replied to a few frequently asked questions in its support page about this sad event. According to this page, those stuck in the past who are still using Yahoo Messenger right now can continue to do so until July 17, 2018. After that date, the service will no longer work. However, those who like to keep their past around will be able to download their chat history for the next 6 months by visiting this page and following the instructions.
Sadly, the answer to the "Why is Yahoo Messenger going away?" question is quite elusive. Without further ado, this is it: "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."
At last, we should mention that Yahoo Squirrel is a group messaging app that might become the new Yahoo Messenger one day. For now, there is no replacement product available. Squirrel is currently in an invite-only beta stage for Android and iOS users, so if you want to take it for a spin, you should request an invite at squirrel.yahoo.com and wait for it to arrive.
If you want to share a few thoughts about Yahoo Messenger and the impact it had on your life over the years, you are welcomed to do so in the comments. RIP, Yahoo Messenger, you will be missed.