Yahoo Messenger to end in July, to be replaced by Squirrel

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The end has come for instant messaging app Yahoo Messenger. Verizon subsidiary Oath has announced that it is planning to shut down the messenger on July 17 – and is now redirecting users to its brand new group messaging app 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,” the statement reads. “As the communications landscape continues to change over, we’re focusing on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs.”

In place, the company is encouraging users to sign up for Squirrel, which the company has been quietly beta-testing since May. Squirrel is currently invite-only, but hopefully, the app will be open to the public by the time Yahoo Messenger gets shuttered.

Meanwhile, those interested in early access to Squirrel can sign up for an invite code by following the instructions on the app’s official website.

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