It would be an official end to Yahoo Messenger in July this year after being in service for over twenty years. In an official statement, Yahoo said that it would pull the plug on the messaging service on 17 July 2018.
Message services from Yahoo began way back in the year 1998 at a time when chatting services were just emerging. However, it could not keep up with the changing consumer habits that favored newer chatting services from Google, Facebook, and others which eclipsed Yahoo Messenger in popularity.
Earlier, in 2017, even AOL shut down its Instant Messenger (AIM) after a 20-year run, likely due to similar change in consumer habits