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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Yahoo! Messenger Announce Its Finally Shutting Down, After 20 Years Of Running

Yahoo Messenger, the messaging app that many people
probably didn’t know still existed, is finally shutting
down for good, according to Business Insider.
The app is shutting down on July 17, after a 20-year run.
Yahoo, which was acquired by Verizon in 2017, didn’t
give an explanation for shutting its messenger down, but
given the sheer amount of already popular messaging
apps on the market, it was probably hard to compete
with the existing product.
Yahoo is currently beta testing an invite-only messaging
app called Squirrel, which could serve as a replacement
for those who will miss Messenger.
However, since Squirell’s release last month, it has been
downloaded fewer than 5,000 times, compared to the
nearly half-million downloads of Yahoo Messenger
during the last quarter, according to Randy Nelson, the
head of mobile insights at Sensor Tower.
Squirrel is a group messaging app Yahoo started testing
last month.
Yahoo Messenger was one of the first instant messaging
apps created, but it struggled to keep up with modern
apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and
Snapchat.

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