We all remember Yahoo Messenger, one of the most popular products by Yahoo that was also one of the first ever instant messengers hitting the web.
Yahoo revealed today that it will no longer support Yahoo Messenger, the company’s instant messaging program, after July 17, 2018.Yahoo Messenger users can use the program like they normally do until July 17, 2018. From July 18, 2018 on users won’t be able to access chats and other services related to Yahoo Messenger anymore.
Yahoo has not given a direct explanation as to why is it killing the product, which was one of its kind in the era it came. But the company says it is working to bring some ‘new’ that better fits the needs of a customer. “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,” mentions the page.
Yahoo revealed that users of Messenger may request to download their chat history on the following site. The company notes that users may do so for the next six months but that they won’t be able to do so after that period.
Users need to sign in on the site and type the Account Key that is sent to them by Yahoo. A download option is provided afterward but the chat history is not downloaded automatically. You need to provide an email address for the file and Yahoo will sent the history to that email address.
There isn’t any replacement chat service for Yahoo Messenger but if loyal fans still want to use a new chat service by the company, they can use the invite only messaging app called Yahoo Squirrel, which is currently in beta.