Yahoo Inc is in a different position than Google is. The company for some time now has been trying to alter the companies course away from the obscurity it is currently in towards a brighter future. Changed are made to core products but also all other products that the company has created and is currently maintaining. The idea seems to be to concentrate on products that are either an asset or can become one, and to retire or sell products that do not fit into the company's plan to become a major player on the Internet once again.
Yahoo announced yesterday that it will retire several products, much like Google did in the past two year period ever since Larry Page became the company's CEO. The following products will be retired on April 30, 2013:
In addition to that, Yahoo announced that it will retire older versions of Yahoo! Mail, including Yahoo! Mail Classic, as of June 2013. Yahoo will notify all existing Yahoo Mail users that use an older version of mail about the change, giving them ample time to switch to the new mail interface. Users who switch will have access to all their data in the new account. The company notes further that users who are on dial-up Internet connections or use older browsers will be moved to the HTML-only (also called basic version) of Yahoo Mail.
What about users who do not want to switch? Those users will receive information about downloading and transferring their mail account. The option is therefore to either switch to the latest version of Yahoo Mail, or to switch to another email provider.
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