We should not that leading up to the July 17th execution date, you will still be able to use the service normally without interruption. However, starting July 18th, you will not be able to use the service or access your chats. You can, however, download your chat history for the next six months according to Oath with the downloader request site.
Given the rise of text messaging and chat services like Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, WhatsApp and countless others, it should come as no surprise that a tech dinosaur that hasn't kept the pace with the needs of a modern populous is being shuttered.
"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," writes Oath. "As the communications landscape continues to change over, we're focusing on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer need."
Now that Yahoo Messenger is on its last legs, what does the future hold for Yahoo's messaging aspirations? Well, Oath says that its next generation messaging client is called Yahoo Squirrel, which its currently in beta testing (you can request an invite here).
Oath has been on somewhat of a cleaning spree overt past year. Back in October, the company killed the [once] beloved AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) chat service