After 20 years, Yahoo Messenger is shutting down

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The end has come for pioneer instant messaging app Yahoo Messenger.

Oath, the Verizon-owned company that now runs Yahoo Messenger, hasn't announced any plans to replace it with something that could become an actual competitor to the likes of WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger.

"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", the company said in its statement today. Users will have six months after the shutdown to download their Messenger chat history if they so desire.

The change won't affect any other Yahoo products or the Yahoo ID. One of them is Yahoo Squirrel, an invite-only group messaging app that's now in Beta.

At the ripe old age of 20, Yahoo Messenger is headed for the proverbial pine box, as Yahoo said Friday that Messenger will cease working on July 17.

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

Yahoo published a small FAQ in which the company tries to answer some of the most pressing questions that Yahoo Messenger users may have.

According to Oath's brand-information site, Yahoo Messenger had a "peak user reach" of 122.6 million users.

Many were surprised to learn that Yahoo Messenger is still in operation after all these years. This gave users the ability to use the service while on mobile devices.

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Now, Yahoo is directing people to look into using Squirrel, an invitation-only group chat app that is currently in beta testing.

You can say that Yahoo Messenger was a runaway hit on debut.

It was reborn as an app in December 2015, but unsurprisingly, it didn't take off like other chat apps.

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