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Yahoo Messenger's contemporary, AOL's AIM app, shut down in late 2017.

Yahoo! has announced that on July 17, it will officially shut down its long-running Messenger client and service. Yahoo Messenger, which exposed the people to electronically communicate with each other without using a telephone in the good old day will see its ultimate demise, come July 17.

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

Oath didn't immediately respond to request for comment.

Yahoo said that for the next six months, users would be able download their chat history to their personal computer or device.

The Verizon-owned Yahoo said that the shutdown of Messenger will not affect other products, like Yahoo Mail or Yahoo Fantasy.

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Those who are still clinging to the age-old messaging service will be redirected to a new group messaging app, Squirrel, The Next Web reported.

Today, it looks hopelessly outdated next to newer, more popular apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat and others. Users can still access Yahoo Messenger until that date.

Originally launched as Yahoo Pager in 1998 at the dawn of the Internet boom, Yahoo Messenger was one of several early instant messaging clients. Since then you can use it as usual, however, after that users won't be able to access the chats or use the service.

Go to the downloader request site and sign in with your Yahoo email.

Yahoo Messenger isn't even among the top 50 most used social networking apps on either iOS or Android and the company has struggled in the past to try to make its messaging apps relevant. "Messenger since its beginning as one of the first chat apps of its kind", Yahoo! acknowledged in posting the death notice.


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