Yahoo Messenger is to be put out of its misery by owner Oath, the Verizon-owned internet company that acquired Yahoo's web properties for $4.48 billion in a deal struck in February 2017.
Yahoo Messenger was one of the first instant messaging apps, along with ICQ (now defunct) and AOL Instant Messenger (AIM - also now defunct).
The service will be shut down on 17 July.
Yahoo didn't make much effort to promote Yahoo Messenger in recent years, although like Yahoo Mail there's plenty of accounts that could potentially have used the service, but preferred not to.
The company claimed that, while it doesn't currently have a replacement for Yahoo Messenger ready to roll, there is one on the way, called Squirrel, for reasons best known to Oath's marketing department.
The company has suggested that anyone distraught at the prospect of Yahoo Messenger's closure can register for the current closed beta of Squirrel.
"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," Oath burbled.
The burbling continued: "As the communications landscape continues to change over, we're focusing on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs."
The reasons for shutting Yahoo Messenger down now seem unclear, given that the company claims that it is working on a replacement that is almost ready, which users could have been migrated to.
Of course, it could be as simple as the fact that it was a ghost town compared to Facebook Messenger, Skype, and WhatsApp, and migrating users over to Squirrel if/when it arrives wouldn't amount to much anyway.
Yahoo Messenger's 'legacy app' was closed down in 2016, but the service continued on the most recent clients until this week, while Oath closed AIM, within two-and-a-half years of its June 2015 acquisition of AOL.
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