Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/164849/older-versions-of-yahoo-mail-and-mail-classic-are-shutting-down-upgrade-your-accounts-now/
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.
Yahoo! Mail still exists?
Well, I'll be damned. I thought all Yahoo! had anymore was a crappy toolbar.
Yahoo Mail is still alive and raising...well, you know what I mean. I still use it, crappy though it is, since it doesn't require me to have all my cookies enabled (like the email formerly known as Hotmail; it's my computer and I'll determine what gets put on it) and isn't as snoopy as Google's Gmail (I didn't like Gmail anyway when I tried it a while back).
Sadly, Yahoo's UI goes down in quality with each "upgrade".
I use YahooMail a lot. Of course I'm also using Adblock Plus and GreaseMonkey. Using the script below, I achieve a clean looking YahooMail interface. No annoying side space for ad. No top ad as well. No ad under the left panel.
i accidentally upgraded to the new ui a couple months back and liked the way it looked but soon after realized i didnt exactly like the way it worked compared to the current one so i set out to see how i can revert back to it. i found a tip on lifehacker that worked. ....
by setting my screens resolution to 800x600 i was able to set it back. something about the new version not being able display properly.
dont know if it will continue to work after this big "mandatory upgrades" announcement but will see. i mean so far its still the same for me here. if it changes ill giver it a shot. (again)
I don't like the new Yahoo mail. I have been using this link for the old classic version.
http://mrd.mail.yahoo.com/switchclassicI don't know how long it will be available, but I will use it as long as I can.
As of today (Wednesday, June 12th), Classic Yahoo! Mail still works for me on several different computers, all running either Firefox or IE8 on W2K, WinXP, or WinXP64. I've tried the crappy new Mail version and hate it with a passion. I'm sick of code monkeys forcing users to adapt to their latest flung poo, changes made solely for the purpose of assuring receipt of a paycheck. Try accessing Classic Yahoo! Mail via this address: http://us.mc1619.mail.yahoo.com/mc/welcome If it flips to the new abomination (it should not), go ahead and log in and then try the mc1619 URL again.
I got stuck with the latest version of Yahoo email since both of my computers are fairly new. The two issues I had with it were, after scrolling all the way to the bottom of a long email, I had to scroll all the way back to the top to deleted, forward, reply, etc.; the old version had those buttons duplicated at the bottom. Also, really long emails would be truncated and, when I clicked on the button to see the rest of the email, I had to start from the top again.
A few weeks ago, Yahoo did a silent update that corrected those issues. The bodies of emails now have their own scroll bar so the reply, delete, etc. buttons stay in place at the top while the body scrolls up. This way, the buttons are accessible no matter where one is in the email. Long messages still get truncated but, when one clicks on the button to see the rest, it no longer jumps back to the top.
Just those two improvements have made a huge difference.
As of today, June 28, I can no longer access the old Yahoo mail.
If I try http://mrd.mail.yahoo.com/switchclassic or http://us.mc1619.mail.yahoo.com/mc/welcome, they go directly the Crappy new mail.
Has anyone found a link that still works?
I can not get to the old Yahoo Mail either. Those links also take me to the new Crappy email. The one thing I do notice is that I now get more SPAM email the I did before. Before I might get 1 or 2 Spams a week. Now I get about 4 to 5 a day.
I believe that if the people at gmail or hotmail had 2 cents worth of brains they would create another email service similar to yahoo classic and take all the unsatisfied customer with them.
I've seen the same thing that has just happened at yahoo happen in private companies,They hire someone whom they believe will take them further up the ladder only to go bankrupt.
I have never bought anything from the advertising and never will;it's not the way I buy,besides that I am not influenced by adds either,the majority of the adds only occupy space and are mostly junk anyway.
You know there is an old saying that is all so true;it states "leave well enough alone and don't fix it if it isn't broken" yahoo classic mail wasn't broken and it didn't need fixing--OOOHHHH but it soon will !!! .I only have gmail because of the storage space but when yahoo increased their's I rarely use gmail,hotmail I still have only because people still send Me emails there and I check it every blue moon.
I sure hope SOMEBODY listens.
Yahoo classic is still avaliable/accessible .... I'm using it right now. The solution was inside the (trap.htm) page that tricked you into updating.
I didn't update and can still access Classic Yahoo.... I was logged into yahoo but couldn't get to my email.... stopped by the upgrade page.
I saved the page (Trap.htm) and opened it up in notepad and copy the last text link and pasted it to my browser address bar.... clicked enter and zoom i'm back into good old Yahoo Classic.... How long this will last i don't know but its working fine.
It looked something like this..... nc**.n*.mail.ne*.yahoo.com
Agreed. This latest incarnation is the worst yet, and, given that there is an opt-out for the "interest-based" ads, there really is no good reason why Yahoo couldn't continue to allow Classic Mail.
As of today I am no longer able to use Classic Mail. I never told the "trap" page to upgrade, but instead tried to log in via links on other pages (which, for a short time, let me continue using Classic). Nevertheless, all attempts to login now yield the awful new UI.
When are tech companies going to learn that people change more slowly than computers? We want our comfortable surroundings, and we hate to be forced into anything unwillingly.
I realize it's just a UI (assuming you have time to wade through the help pages and find the poorly designed "ad manager" in order to opt-out of interest-based ads), but the principle still applies.