Yahoo Messenger to Shut Down on July 17

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After July 17, Yahoo points out, even if you still have the Yahoo Messenger app installed you won't be able to sign into it.

Oath, the Verizon-owned company that now runs Yahoo Messenger, hasn't announced any plans to replace it with something that could become an actual competitor to the likes of WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. In other words: Yahoo Messenger's backend is shut down at that time so that connections are not longer supported.

Yahoo said the company will focus "on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs".

The retirement of Yahoo Messenger, which was an industry pioneer that got outdone by competitors, shouldn't really be a surprise.

Oath is also permitting the users of Yahoo messenger to download and save the chat history from their Yahoo account if they so desire, though it has to be within the device but not integrated with another app.

Oath didn't immediately respond to request for comment.

Yahoo Messenger users have six months to download their chat history to their computer or other devices.

"There now isn't a replacement product available for Yahoo Messenger".

There's no immediate replacement for the app, but Oath, a unit of Verizon that operates Yahoo, pointed users to its new invite-only messaging app, called Squirrel. Think of them as the WhatsApp, Snapchat and Facebook Messenger of an earlier generation. Users can still access Yahoo Messenger until that date. Yahoo Messenger, that made its debut in 1998 as Yahoo Pager, may have begun the era of instant messaging - beginning with the desktop and then transitioning on to mobile - but over the course of time a plethora of instant messaging services like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp have come up. However, should you want to download your chats now, you can do so by going here. Inc's primary assets. Along with purchase of Yahoo, Verizon created Oath Inc to oversee both of the brands it had just bought.

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