Oath said, “We currently have no products that can replace Yahoo Messenger. We are constantly experimenting with new services and applications, one of which is the group chat app Yahoo Squirrel (currently in beta) that can only be registered.
Yahoo has not disclosed the number of active users of Messenger for some time in the past. In theory, users logging in to other Yahoo services will also log in to Messenger. Oath said Yahoo IDs of Yahoo's other services such as user login e-mails remain unchanged.
Oath did not disclose the reasons for shutting down Yahoo Messenger. However, due to Facebook's WhatsApp and Messenger, Snapchat and WeChat and other services, Yahoo Messenger is shut down sooner or later. Oath shut down AOL’s instant messaging service AIM in October last year.
Oath said, "We know that many loyal users have been using Yahoo Messenger since its inception. With the constant changes in the field of messaging services, we will be committed toDevelopment, launch new message tools to better meet consumer needs. ”
Yahoo said that users can still download Yahoo Messenger chat history in the next six months.
Yahoo Messenger was launched in 1998 and was originally called Yahoo Pager.
Like other first-generation messaging services, Yahoo Messenger's characters and capabilities are quickly overtaken by faster, more feature-rich mobile-based messaging services. It is worth mentioning that WhatsApp was developed by former Yahoo employees.
In the following years, Yahoo Messenger achieved a certain degree of success on mobile phones. According to App Annie, a mobile application market research company, Yahoo Messenger ranks 160 and 117 in social apps for iOS and Android.