A Yahoo logo is displayed on a monitor in this photo illustration in Encinitas, California, on 16 April 2013

Yahoo is officially shutting down its old-school legacy Messenger application on 5 August for good after the company launched a newly redesigned, cross-platform version of the app in 2015.

The company is also shutting down its Yahoo Recommends service — a personalised widget that shows readers links to other related content and advertising — on 1 September.

In December 2015, Yahoo announced a more modern version of the chat service's app for mobile, the Web and Yahoo's email service to compete with other chat rivals such as WhatsApp, Snapchat and Google's Gchat.

The revamped version features a built-in GIF search, instant, high-resolution photo sharing and group chat support.

It has long been one of our core products but it was time to redesign the product from the ground up and reinvest in one of the most important products in our history as a company," Jeff Bonforte, Yahoo's senior vice president of communication products and engineering , said in a statement announcing the app's relaunch.

"The messaging space has grown dramatically, yet people ultimately want a fast and easy way to communicate with each other.

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