Users will be migrated to a new messaging app, Squirrel, and will be given few months to download their chat history
Classic messaging app Yahoo Messenger is going to shut down its features and will redirect its users to an invite-only group messaging app Yahoo Squirrel on July 17.
First released in 1998 as Yahoo Pager, the iconic instant messaging client gained popularity in the early 2000s.
On top of that, it was recommended by a number of organizations and their workstations as they still rely on Yahoo Messenger to maintain and secure official and confidential communications.
Yahoo announced the app’s shutdown on June 7 via tweet.
Michael Albers, vice president of communication products at Oath, a subsidiary of Yahoo’s mother company Verizon Communications, in an article said: “As we continue to build and innovate products on our new messaging platform, we are announcing today (Thursday) that we will retire Yahoo Messenger, effective July 17, 2018.”
However, the messenger’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) thread, Yahoo Help, mentioned its shut-down date, specifying that the app will no longer work after July 17.
The users will be able to download their chat history to personal computer or device till the end of November.