Yahoo! Messenger is officially a thing of the past

As of July 17th, 2018, Yahoo! Messenger – a twenty year-old instant messaging service – will cease to exist. According to SlashGear, the company will be scrapping the service in favour of a new medium that “better fits consumer needs.”

If you were on the web in 1998, you might remember Yahoo Messenger as Yahoo! Pager. It offered an instant messaging, file transfer, and chat room platform to its users. But with services like Facebook Messenger, iMessage, Snapchat, Whatsapp, and countless others, Yahoo Messenger has become quite antiquated. This was obvious as early as 2016, when Yahoo dropped desktop support of its service, leaving it only for mobile and browser until July of this year.

“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,” the company posted, announcing its decision “As the communications landscape continues to change over, we’re focusing on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs.”

If you’re one of those loyal fans who still uses the application, here’s what will happen on July 17th. If you don’t remove the application before that date, and try to access it on or after the 17th, You will not be able to sign in. However, if you’d like to extract your chat history, that function will be available to you until January of 2019. To do that, sign into Yahoo’s downloader request site, verify your identity, and supply the email address on which you’d like to receive the data.

Source: slashgear.com – After 20 years, Yahoo Messenger is shutting down
Published: June 8, 2018