Yahoo announced that its Messenger would no longer provide its services to their users after 17th July 2018 onward. Users of Yahoo Messenger can download their chat history to their mobile phone or computer system till November 2018. Further, they also mentioned about their group messaging app called Yahoo Squirrel which is currently in beta version. However, Yahoo has no alternates for its Messenger right now.
They opened up the reason why they are shutting it down – in FAQs. As per FAQ , ” the communications landscape continues to change over, we’re focusing on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs.”.
Yahoo messenger was initially launched On 9 March, 1998 with having name as ‘Pager’. Later it got its name as Yahoo Messenger. It used to provide instant messaging services to their users. After 20 year, they discontinued their services because of dynamically changing environment.