Yahoo Messenger has announced it is closing shop on July 17 after 20 years of operation.

From its inception, Yahoo Messenger has enjoyed millions of loyal fans but unfortunately, the user base has not been big enough to keep the platform going after so many years.

“As we continue to build and innovate products on our new messaging platform, we are announcing today that we will retire Yahoo Messenger, effective July 17, 2018,” said Michael Albers, vice-president of communication products at Oath, a subsidiary of Yahoo’s mother company Verizon Communications.

First released in 1998 as Yahoo Pager, the iconic instant messaging client gained popularity in the early 2000s.

Instant message applications brought in a truly revolutionary shift in the way we communicated two decades ago.

Users of the instant messaging app will be migrated to a new messaging app ‘Squirrel’ and will be given six months to download their chat history.

The company suffered one of the biggest hacks ever in 2013, although it did not become public knowledge until 2016.

In many ways, the outgoing Yahoo Messenger is the ancestor of Whatsapp and other instant messaging platforms.

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