Yahoo shuttering its old-school Messenger app on five August
A Yahoo logo is displayed on a monitor in this photo illustration in Encinitas, California, on sixteen April two thousand thirteen Mike Blake/Reuters
Yahoo is officially shutting down its old-school legacy Messenger application on five August for good after the company launched a freshly redesigned, cross-platform version of the app in 2015. After almost two decades of sending uncountable messages, emojis and "ASL plz" requests through the iconic purple and white talk boxes, users will no longer be able to log in or talk with friends through the old version after that date.
Very first launched in one thousand nine hundred ninety eight under the name "Yahoo Pager," the once-popular, ancient Messenger application is no longer available to download from Yahoo either.
"While today we provide basic interoperation inbetween the legacy product and the fresh Messenger, we encourage all of our users to accomplish their transition to the fresh Yahoo Messenger as we will no longer support the legacy platform as of August Five, 2016," Yahoo chief architect Amotz Maimon wrote in a Tumblr post. " We intend to proceed our focused efforts on the fresh Messenger, with a purpose of delivering the best practice to our users."
The company is also shutting down its Yahoo Recommends service — a personalised widget that shows readers links to other related content and advertising — on one September.
In December 2015, Yahoo announced a more modern version of the talk service’s app for mobile, the Web and Yahoo’s email service to contest with other talk rivals such as WhatsApp, Snapchat and Google’s Gchat. The revamped version features a built-in GIF search, instant, high-resolution photo sharing and group talk support. Users can also "like" individual messages, like you do on Facebook and Twitter, and unsend messages at any time.
"We’re excited to introduce the next generation of Yahoo Messenger. It has long been one of our core products but it was time to redesign the product from the ground up and reinvest in one of the most significant products in our history as a company," Jeff Bonforte, Yahoo’s senior vice president of communication products and engineering , said in a statement announcing the app’s relaunch. "The messaging space has grown dramatically, yet people ultimately want a rapid and effortless way to communicate with each other. The fresh Yahoo Messenger was designed very first and foremost to meet those needs. This is just the beginning of what’s to come."
In 2014, Microsoft killed off its once-popular instant messaging service MSN Messenger as well.
The fresh Yahoo Messenger app is available to download on the App Store and Google Play.