Old Yahoo Messenger to be phased out by August 5

  • The old version of Yahoo Messenger or YM will be phased out by August 5
  • Yahoo announced a newer version built on a newer modern platform
  • Archived messages in the old YM will be deleted as well

The much-loved chatting software for many millennials, Yahoo Messenger or more popularly known as YM, will be officially revamped by August 5.

In its stead, Yahoo Chief Architect Amotz Maimon revealed, the company will be launching a newer Yahoo Messenger “built on a new modern platform.”

“In December of 2015, we announced a brand-new Yahoo Messenger for mobile, the Web and in Yahoo Mail on the desktop, built on a new modern platform. This complete revamp brings users an incredibly fast, beautiful and smart way to send–and unsend–messages, photos and animated GIFs in 1:1 and group conversations,” he wrote on his official Yahoo blog.

However, Maimon emphasized that the legacy version of YM which most users are familiar with will no longer be compatible with the newer one and archived conversations in the old YM will be permanently deleted.

“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. We intend to continue our focused efforts on the new Messenger, with a goal of delivering the best experience to our users,” he explained.

The old YM was first launched in 1998 under the name “Yahoo Pager.”

Since then, it has been a staple software for a lot of high schoolers and college students, many of whom are now in their 20s and 30s.

With a new YM coming up, the company hopes that it would “level-up” with other messaging apps currently available in the market such as Facebook Messenger, Viber, and WhatsApp.