Are you or someone you know using an older UI version of Yahoo! Mail or maybe even the Classic Edition? Then this news is going to be of specific interest to you. Starting June 3rd Yahoo! is pushing mandatory upgrades to the newest UI for all mail accounts and we have the information you need if you are affected by the changes.

Some people will not have a problem with the changes while others are going to be very upset at having to switch to the new UI. Either way, the upgrades are mandatory if you want to continue using your accounts as seen in the following excerpt. Take note that the upgrades also come with a new TOS/Privacy Policy update.

From the official announcement: Beginning the week of June 3, 2013, older versions of Yahoo! Mail (including Yahoo! Mail Classic) will no longer be available. After that, you can access your Yahoo! Mail only if you upgrade to the new version. You should have received an email from Yahoo! letting you know that your account required an upgrade.

When you upgrade, you will be accepting our Communications Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. This includes the acceptance of automated content scanning and analyzing of your communications content, which Yahoo! uses to deliver product features, relevant advertising, and abuse protection.

For those who may be looking at, and feel displeased with, the part that refers to “automated content scanning and analyzing of your communications content“, just remember that it is no different than using a Gmail account. Google does the same kind of scanning in order to deliver targeted advertising each time you read through your mail.

You can learn more about the mandatory upgrade via the blog posts linked below. We have also included reference links from Yahoo! for those who may have questions about (or wish to close) their accounts.

Yahoo Shuts Down Mail Classic, Forces Switch To New Version That Scans Your Emails To Target Ads [TechCrunch]

Yahoo eliminates classic Mail, requiring users to agree to Gmail-like email scanning [The Verge]

Yahoo Is Axing Mail Classic But The New Version Reads Your Emails [Gizmodo]

Yahoo! Reference Links

Do I have to upgrade to the new Yahoo! Mail? *Official Announcement*

Setting up IMAP on mobile device or email client *For Transferring or Downloading Your Mail*

Closing your Yahoo! account

Can I get a refund for my Mail Plus account, since my version of Yahoo! Mail is no longer available?

Yahoo! Global Communications Additional Terms of Service for Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger

Yahoo! Privacy Policy – Yahoo! Mail

[via Ashutosh Mishra (@twitosh) – Twitter]

Akemi Iwaya
Akemi Iwaya has been part of the How-To Geek/LifeSavvy Media team since 2009. She has previously written under the pen name "Asian Angel" and was a Lifehacker intern before joining How-To Geek/LifeSavvy Media. She has been quoted as an authoritative source by ZDNet Worldwide.
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