Verizon Communications subsidiary Oath, which oversees the AOL and Yahoo brands as well as the company's other digital content interests, announced that it would shutter the Yahoo Messenger service in just over a month.
"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.
Yahoo Messenger will shut down on July 17.
"After July 17, you'll no longer be able to access your chats and the service will no longer work", Oath wrote to its users. However, should you want to download your chats now, you can do so by going here. But over the years new chatting services like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp eclipsed Yahoo Messenger in popularity.
According to Oath's brand-information site, Yahoo Messenger had a "peak user reach" of 122.6 million users. Users can still access Yahoo Messenger until that date.More news: United States servicemember killed, 4 others wounded in attack in Somalia
Yahoo Messenger: The first messenger app Yahoo Messenger was launched on March 9, 1998. On June 21, 1999, the application was rebranded as Yahoo Messenger.
It'll have features like rooms for specific topics, the ability to "blast" important messages so everyone can see them and a feature that mutes notifications for specific rooms.
You can say that Yahoo Messenger was a runaway hit on debut.
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In 2009, the Yahoo Messenger app launched in the iOS App Store.
Yahoo Messenger now ranks at 160 on iOS and 117 on Android, marking a fall from grace when it was the messenger service of choice for 2000s tweens.