Yahoo to discontinue its old Messenger app on August 5

Jun 13, 2016, 10:17 IST | midday online correspondent

Tech firm Yahoo has confirmed they they plan to discontinue their classic instant messenger on August 5 this year.

Yahoo's official blogpost states that, "On August 5, 2016, legacy versions of Yahoo Messenger will be discontinued. If you haven't upgraded Yahoo Messenger recently, you're probably using a legacy version. To continue using Yahoo Messenger, please upgrade to the newest version."

Yahoo Messenger

Yahoo's blogpost has provided download links to the new version of the Messenger client for mobile and PC platforms.

The new and improved Yahoo Messenger has the following features:
>> Enhanced photo-sharing where users can share multiple high-resolution images at once and swipe to view them in a photo carousel.
>> An unsend option that enables users to remove something they didn't want to send during a conversation.
>> Like option for photos or messages sent
>> Animated GIFs from Tumblr available on Android, iOS and web.
>> Availability in offline and low connectivity mode

Yahoo users will still be able to sign in to the new Messenger through their existing IDs.

About Yahoo Messenger
Yahoo Messenger also known as YM, was originally launched under the name Yahoo! Pager on March 9, 1998. The instant messaging client was provided free of charge and could be downloaded and used with a generic "Yahoo ID" which also allows access to other Yahoo services, such as Yahoo Mail.

Yahoo Messenger offered PC-PC, PC-Phone and Phone-to-PC service, file transfers, webcam hosting, text messaging service, and chat rooms in various categories.

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