March 1, 2014
Imo has just announced that it's set to discontinue third-party chat service support for its namesake messaging service. Originally launched as a browser-based service, Imo has since been available through its official mobile apps, including Imo for iOS. Whether in-browser or in-app, Imo has supported chatting for multiple IM accounts, including ones for third-party services such as Facebook, Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger, AIM, ICQ, and Steam. But that's about to change with the implementation of Imo's plans to drop support for third-party services. According to Imo:
To provide the best and most reliable service for our users, we need to focus on the areas we feel we can make the biggest impact. We are now going to concentrate on building out our own communications platform to help people easily connect in their everyday lives. Our goal is to create the fastest and most reliable messaging, voice and video call service in the world.If you can't see the video embedded above, please click here. To that end, Imo is scheduled to stop supporting all third-party chat services on Monday, March 3. If you wish to download your chat history from third-party networks, you can do so until March 7 by visiting o.imo.im, clicking the top right gear, selecting "Preferences," and selecting the "Export chat history" option. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 4.3 or later, Imo is available in the App Store for free. An update to the app is expected to arrive soon to remove third-party chat service support. For information on Imo's last couple of major updates, see also: Getting Sticky With It: Imo Messaging App Finally Updated With Stickers and Popular Imo Messenger App Finally Introduces Long-Awaited Video Calling Feature.
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