One of the most prolific and beloved messaging services of all time will see its last days very soon. An era comes to an end with Verizon’s service, Yahoo Messenger, which will be shutting down and non-functional after July 17, 2018.
The service launched in 1998, originally named as Yahoo Pager, was one of the first generation services of messaging at a time when instant messaging was new and trendy other than e-mails and SMS. It was an instant hit and was a free service, it popularized the idea of messaging not under a specific provider. It included features such as file sharing, group conversations and was compatible with Windows Live Messenger.
Over the last 20 years, hundreds of millions of people have used the service who can still secure their same ID for other services like Mail, fantasy sports, and search engines.
The company claims there isn’t a replacement for Messenger at the moment. But the team is diverting its users, customer, and clients to new services and apps such as Yahoo Squirrel (beta version) which started testing in May 2018.
Yahoo was inactive for various reasons in recent times but the hero of the whole search engine venture was the messenger because if anyone logged into any Yahoo, it was because of it.
The company is not clear about its reasons for shutting down Messenger but as we have seen in recent tech blowout, where its role and functions took over by faster and efficient services such as WhatsApp (was created by ex-Yahoo employees), Facebook messenger, Wechat, and Viber. They have dominated the tech industry and the likes of messenger users for a while now due to easier and convenient interfaces. It has become so popularized that seems like Yahoo messenger could never retrieve its game in the messaging arena.