Yahoo Messenger to be killed off in July, after two decades

Yahoo Messenger to be killed off in July, after two decades

Oath is also permitting the users of Yahoo messenger to download and save the chat history from their Yahoo account if they so desire, though it has to be within the device but not integrated with another app.

On June 8, Oath - the parent company of Yahoo - announced that it will shut down Yahoo Messenger on July 17, 2018.

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. From July 18, 2018 on users won't be able to access chats and other services related to Yahoo Messenger anymore. However, should you want to download your chats now, you can do so by going here.

But like other services in that first generation of messaging, Messenger's role and functions were swiftly surpassed by faster and more functional mobile-based services, and specifically mobile messaging apps.

Do you remember using Yahoo Messenger back in the day? The most notable among them was the Unsend feature, which allowed users to retrace their footsteps and undo sending messages. Although Yahoo is experimenting with a new chat service, right now the company says it's looking to new communications options "that better fit consumer needs".

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The Yahoo Messenger chat service was introduced in 1998, and was very popular among Indian users then.

Yahoo built a new version of Yahoo Messenger in 2015 and urged people to switch to the new version in 2016 because it would stop supporting the older version.

Go to the downloader request site and sign in with your Yahoo email. You need to provide an email address for the file and Yahoo will sent the history to that email address.

Here's what Yahoo said about why it's closing Messenger.

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