Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Yahoo Messenger set to shut down

Instant messaging app Yahoo Messenger is shutting down after 20 years of operation.

According to Business Insider, the company did not give a reason for the shutdown, but it likely had trouble competing against the more popular ones like WhatsApp, Telegram and Facebook Messenger.





The company announced that the messenger will go offline on July 17.

Yahoo is currently beta testing an invite-only messaging app called Squirrel, which could serve as a replacement for 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.

Yahoo, in a statement, said:
"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.
As the communications landscape continues to change over, we’re focusing on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs."


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