Yahoo Messenger is going the way of AIM and MSN

Yahoo Messenger will shut down on July 17.                  Screenshot by Sarah Mitroff  CNET

"Squirrel" is a group messaging app Yahoo started testing last month. Now, the current owner of the messaging service, Oath, a subsidiary of telecom giant Verizon has asked its customers to switch from the messenger to its new group messaging service Squirrel instead.

The company said that while the service has "many loyal fans", it will abandon the chat app in favor of newer messaging tools "that better fit consumer needs". While users can download the data to your device, it appears that porting the history to another app won't be an option. You may not hear about that, though - while some have fond memories of Yahoo Messenger, we're betting that there aren't a lot of people who've ever heard of Squirrel. Since then, the service had been used by hundreds of millions of internet users. Yahoo recommends that users remove them from their devices as they can't be used anymore after the date. Pager, but was later rebranded under the Messenger title.

There has been a bit of restructuring going after after Verizon acquired Yahoo in 2016. Customers interested in signing up for the "by invite only" app, will have to log into their site and do the needful.

One Twitter user said they even met their wife while using Yahoo Messenger. We looked at some when Aol shut down its Messenger, and the list of alternatives is fine for Yahoo Messenger users as well.

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Click on Download enter your email. Yahoo Messenger is also one of the first apps to feature BUZZing and music-status.

It was reborn as an app in December 2015, but unsurprisingly, it didn't take off like other chat apps.

Yahoo will be pulling the plug on its instant messaging application Yahoo Messenger.