Yahoo Messenger shutting down July 17

MANILA, Philippines – Yahoo Messenger, one of the first instant messaging apps to gain popularity, is shutting down on July 17.

According to a support page post on Yahoo, there isn't a direct replacement application for it, though the tech firm is trying to entice people to sign up for a group messaging service called Squirrel.

Yahoo Squirrel, however, is in an invite-only testing phase at the moment. Users can apply to test for it here.

The company added that Yahoo IDs are still usable for other services like Yahoo Mail.

Yahoo Messenger users can download their chat history by visiting the request site here. – Rappler.com