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Yahoo Messenger's shutdown date is July 17th, redirecting users to Squirrel

Published 6/11/2018 by IanDorfman

The official shutdown date for Yahoo Messenger has been decided, as well as a Yahoo-hosted alternative group messaging service.

According to Yahoo's official support site article about the discontinuation of Yahoo Messenger, the currently invite-only app Small Yahoo Squirrel iconYahoo Squirrel is being billed as an alternative to the service once it discontinues on July 17th. Squirrel, which is currently in beta, is a more centered on group conversations in a similar vein to services like Small Discord iconDiscord or Small Slack iconSlack, with the ability to create rooms for individual topics.

Outside of Squirrel, Yahoo states that "There currently isn’t a replacement product available for Yahoo Messenger." For applications with similar functionality (that aren't as group focused as Squirrel and its alternatives), see services such as Small Signal iconSignal, Small Telegram iconTelegram, and Small WhatsApp Messenger iconWhatsApp Messenger.

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