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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Yahoo Messenger shuts down after 20 years

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Yahoo Messenger service has been finally plugged off on July 17, 2018 as announced in June. The service was launched in 1998 and it was then named Yahoo Pager. The service was later re-branded as Yahoo Messenger in 1999 with emojis and stickers.

In a statement on their website, Yahoo said that Messenger was going away because "as the communications landscape continues to change over, we're focusing on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs."

Although users will not be able to sign into their account, they can download their chat history to their personal computer or other devices by November end 2018.  Also, Yahoo Mail and fantasy will continue to function as usual.

The company has reportedly been working on another group messaging app, Squirrel, which is likely to be the replacement.

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