Yahoo is officially shutting down its old-school legacy Messenger application on 5 August for good after the company launched a newly redesigned, cross-platform version of the app in 2015. After nearly two decades of sending countless messages, emojis and “ASL plz” requests through the iconic purple and white chat boxes, users will no longer be able to log in or chat with friends through the old version after that date.
First launched in 1998 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 between the legacy product and the new Messenger, we encourage all of our users to complete their transition to the new Yahoo Messenger as we will no longer support the legacy platform as of August 5, 2016,” Yahoo chief architect Amotz Maimon wrote in a Tumblr post. “We intend to continue our focused efforts on the new Messenger, with a goal of delivering the best experience 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 1 September.