It’s the end of an age for Yahoo Messenger, one of the first instant messaging apps on world markets. Today, Oath( which too owns TechCrunch) announced that it would be gale down the service on July 17 as it continues to experiment and consider how and if it is feasible to have a related locate in the messaging landscape amid immense subordination from Facebook and others in mobile apps.
” There currently isn’t a permutation make available for Yahoo Messenger ,” the company writes.” We’re always experimenting with new service and apps, one of which is an invite-only radical messaging app announced Yahoo Squirrel( currently in beta ).” Squirrel is a group messaging app Yahoo started testing last-place month. You can solicit access to the beta here.
Yahoo has not broken out active useds of Messenger for some time, and theoretically anyone logged into any Yahoo property is logged into Messenger. Cumulatively over the last 20 years, hundreds of millions of people have exerted the service, the company supposed. The corporation says your Yahoo ID remains intact for other services like Mail and fantasy sports.
The company is not specific about its the justification for shutting down Messenger, but the compose has been on the wall for some time, given the dominance today of Facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger, Snapchat, WeChat and a number of others. Notably, Oath too shut down AIM, AOL’s equivalent messaging app, in October.
” We know we have countless loyal supporters who have utilized Yahoo Messenger since its embarking as one of the first chat apps of its species ,” it memorandum.” As the communications landscape continues to change over, we’re focusing on structure and feeing new, exciting communications tools that better fit buyer demands .”
Alongside that, the company, as a part of Oath, is now owned by Verizon, the telecoms behemoth. Ironically, it’s the telcos of the world whose incomes have been cannibalised in part by over-the-top messaging services, although Yahoo Messenger’s demise is far likely little relevant to that, considering that it is not one of the more popular business on the market today.
Yahoo says that you can download your chat record on Messenger for the next six months by going here. Files go to your computer or invention — but not exclusively to another messaging app.
Yahoo Messenger first performed its entry as Yahoo Pager way back in 1998, at a time when instant messaging was the field of PCs, as an alternative to email and SMS on basic portable maneuvers. It was an early ten-strike and popularised the idea of “over the top” messaging “thats really not” held to a particular service provider.
But like other services in that first generation of messaging, Messenger’s role and functions were swiftly surpassed by faster and more functional mobile-based works, and specifically portable messaging apps. Notably, WhatsApp was created by ex-Yahoo employees.
In its first year since, Yahoo has had moderate( but far away from blockbuster) success with Yahoo Messenger on portable, which today ranks at 160 on iOS and 117 on Android in the social networking category, according to App Annie. Other assaults at building brand-new messaging produces have been short-lived.
Oath, and its owner Verizon, are clearly in the middle of a big alter organizationally and strategically. The firm today also announced that Lowell McAdam would be stepping down as CEO of Verizon, to be replaced by Hans Vestberg, the Ericsson ex-CEO who has til now been Verizon’s CTO. Last week, Oath announced its latest lead change, hiring Natalie Ravitz as its new communications head.
It’s also gearing up for a big video and content overhaul subsequently this year, which could also be one of the reasons why behind today’s Messenger news. Under new owned Verizon, Oath and its professions are gradually shifting away from communications services to focus more on what’s being whizzed around those networks.
More to come.