Tencent-owned QQ, one of China’s first social networking and messaging services, will shut down the web version of its platform next year.

From Jan. 1, QQ users will be required to utilize the platform’s mobile and desktop apps to communicate. WebQQ will no longer operate. The company said the move comes as a result of the restructuring of its businesses. Users are requested to download one of QQ’s apps.

However, a source from the company told Beijing News that the closure is due to the end of the product’s lifecycle. “It does not have many users anymore,” the employee said.

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Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen