Yahoo Messenger – one of the first instant messaging services that was launched for the PC back in the day – is finally shutting down.
As instant messaging giants such as WhatsApp and Facebook dominate the market, Oath, Yahoo’s parent company says that its looking to have a significant market presence alongside the popular services of today.
For now, Yahoo Messenger users are getting redirected to Squirrel whenever they try to launch the app. The company says,
There currently isn’t a replacement product available for Yahoo Messenger. We’re constantly experimenting with new services and apps, one of which is an invite-only group messaging app called Yahoo Squirrel (currently in beta).
If you are curious, you can check out Squirrel’s web page by visiting this link.
The people behind Yahoo Messenger, so far, have not disclosed any specific details regarding their decision to shut down, other than the apparent fact that it has been losing ground against the likes of WhatsApp, Instagram, and WeChat for quite some time now.
Yahoo Messenger, despite its dwindling numbers, still has a small but loyal user base, especially amongs people who started using it back when instant messaging was usually done on PCs.
We know we have many loyal fans who have used Yahoo Messenger since its beginning as one of the first chat apps of its kind. As the communications landscape continues to change over, we’re focusing on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs.
In order to log into the Yahoo Messenger, people had to create a Yahoo email account. It is basically these Ymail users who could use Yahoo’s other services without having to create a separate account. Even though Yahoo Messenger has closed down, you will still be able to access your email or other services using the same account.
You can also download your Yahoo Messenger messaging history, by visiting this link.