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Yahoo Shutting Down Mail Classic, Forces Users to Upgrade

Yahoo is discontinuing older versions of its email client – including Mail Classic – starting this week, the company announced.It is requiring all Mail users to switch to the new version of Mail and accept a TOS/Privacy Policy update that lets it scan emails to “deliver product features, relevant advertising, and abuse protection”. You can opt out of the ads, but if you don’t want to be scanned, you have to ditch Yahoo Mail.

“Beginning the week of June 3, 2013, older versions of Yahoo! Mail (including Yahoo! Mail Classic) will no longer be available,” it said in a Yahoo! Help post. After Monday, users can only access their Yahoo email accounts if they upgrade to the new version. The company said users should have received an email informing them of the mandatory upgrade.

Those who want to opt out of contextual ads can do so by changing their settings on Yahoo’s Ad Interest Manager.

Yahoo lays out two options for users who don’t want to use the latest version of its email client: downloading Yahoo Mail using IMAP or simply closing their account.

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