Goodbye, Yahoo Messenger!

Jun 13 2018

Goodbye, Yahoo Messenger!

Yahoo Messenger, one of the longest standing instant messaging applications, is set to close its doors for good on July 17. The service will continue to function as normal until then, but from that date onward, chats will no longer be accessible and instant messaging will cease to work.

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

How to download your Yahoo chat history

Step 1: Visit the downloader request site.

Step 2: Sign in with your registered email ID.

Step 3: Choose a verification method, then enter the Account Key sent to you.

Step 4: Click on the Download button.

Step 5: Provide the email ID where you want the downloaded file to be sent. Then click OK.

Yahoo Messenger: The first messenger app

Yahoo Messenger was launched on March 9, 1998. The app was initially called Yahoo Pager. On June 21, 1999, the application was rebranded as Yahoo Messenger.

Before smartphone and mobile apps became very popular, Yahoo Messenger remained as the most popular messaging application. Apart from one-on-one messaging, the application featured various group chats, known as Chat Rooms.

Yahoo killed Chat Rooms in 2012 seven years after disabling users’ ability to create their own chat rooms.

The application also supported video calls, multimedia sharing, and even had its own emojis and stickers. Yahoo Messenger is also one of the first apps to feature BUZZing and music-status.

On March 8, 1998, Yahoo announced Yahoo Pager, and later renamed it as Yahoo Messenger. Yahoo Messenger was the first real platform for real-time communication that allowed options to send images and real-time updates. The older version of Messenger was shut down on August 5, 2016 as the company decided to streamline its services and focus on its strength. The new version of Yahoo Messenger was launched in December, 2015. Yahoo’s core operating business was recently sold off to Verizon for $4.8 billion.

Sources: Hindustantimes, Indianexpres, Cnet.