Remember those days when we used to chat with our loved ones living abroad through Yahoo Messenger. The popular app, those days, was not only used to chat but also make voice calls. The service was launched back in 1998 and still is available despite losing a large users base. Now finally, Yahoo has decided to give up this service. As per announcement, the service will be closed on 5th August 2016.
Yahoo Messenger was originally named as ‘Yahoo Pager’. The desktop app got popular due to its effective user-interface and useful features. The company continued adding more features to extend its functionality for the users. It used to compete with the likes of MSN Messenger, AIM and ICQ. All its competitors also became obsolete as social media and smartphones chat apps took over.
In a blog post, Yahoo explained the decision in following words,
In December of 2015, we announced a brand new Yahoo Messenger for mobile, the Web and in Yahoo Mail on the desktop, built on a new modern platform. This complete revamp brings users an incredibly fast, beautiful and smart way to send – and unsend – messages, photos and animated GIFs in 1:1 and group conversations. While today we provide basic interoperation between the legacy product and the new Messenger, we encourage all of our users to complete their transition to the new Yahoo Messenger as we will no longer support the legacy platform as of August 5, 2016. We intend to continue our focused efforts on the new Messenger, with a goal of delivering the best experience to our users
You can read complete blog post here.
After 5th August, the legendary messenger will no longer be available to send and receive messages. Any third-party app using Yahoo’s API will also be affected. Yahoo will keep supporting its Messenger app for Android and iOS. You can download it from Play Store and iOS Store.