Yahoo Messenger – one of the pioneers in the instant messaging arena that was launched back in 1998 for the PC platforms is finally being shut down. The obvious reason behind Yahoo’s decision seems to be the most popular rivals in the market such as WhatsApp, Instagram and WeChat.

Yahoo says that the company is looking to have a significant market presence alongside the popular services of today. For now, Yahoo Messenger users are getting redirected to Squirrel whenever they try to launch the app.

The company says in response:

There currently isn’t a replacement product available for Yahoo Messenger. We’re constantly experimenting with new services and apps, one of which is an invite-only group messaging app called Yahoo Squirrel (currently in beta).

If you want to have a check by yourself, click here to visit Squirrel’s web page.

Yahoo claims that the Yahoo Messenger still has a small but loyal user base; mainly amongst people who started using instant messaging from their PCs in lte 90’s. Yahoo respects those and admits their loyalty:

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. As the communications landscape continues to change over, we’re focusing on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs.

Even though Yahoo Messenger has closed down, subscribers still have an access to their Ymail ID and other services using the same account. You can also download your Yahoo Messenger messaging history by visiting this link.

Bye Bye Yahoo Messenger; had a great time with you!