In other e-mail news today, Yahoo Mail launched an upgrade that would make it “faster and easier” to use. Instead, when Yahoo Mail users tried to log into their accounts, they got stuck in a vortex of a unresponsive terms and conditions page or a failed message.

As TechCrunch reported, the upgrade is still causing quite a bit of havoc for Yahoo users, who are notified that the upgrade “now automatically identifies items such as words, links, people and subjects from your email to learn what matters to you so that we can deliver exciting new product features and relevant ads.”

Oh, goodie. So there might just be more of those delightful ads from eHarmony or KFC in your future.

This is one of the first improvements to happen on new CEO Marissa Mayer‘s tenure. Over in Twitterland, the YMail Team has posted that they are “working to fix this issue asap and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.” And, as of this time, it still appears to be down.

The Yahoo outage comes on the tail of Microsoft’s new Outlook e-mail service, which rolled out a preview this a.m. and an opportunity to ditch that lousy e-mail address once and for all if you’re lucky.

We’re still wondering why anyone is using Yahoo Mail for starters, which is echoed by Mike Brown, aka @mikeyb95, on Twitter: “Which emotion is greater? Anger for not being able to get to yahoo mail vs. embarrassment for still using yahoo mail?” He also uses Bluto from “Animal House” as his avatar, so it’s just one more reason to love this guy.

Update: The company issued this statement, saying the service has been restored.

“Yahoo! Mail and other services are restored.  We know that this may have caused some inconvenience and we apologize to our users who were affected.”

Molly Brown is a writer and editor who comes from an arts and culture background, including stints at Billboard Magazine and Kirkus Reviews. An avid blogger on all-things culture, she covers a wide range of fun, geeky topics on GeekWire's Geek Life beat.
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  • http://twitter.com/aem76us A Mitchell

    Should we be using the same company for email that we do for search, OS, videos, voice, chat, documents, photos and more? The ad-free version of Yahoo email works well enough for me, thank you very much.

    • http://techmansworld.blogspot.com/ncr MHazell

      Actually, many people find it simpler to have an all in house setup. Microsoft does email just fine, especially now with the new outlook.com

  • wedd

    You said, “We’re still wondering why anyone is using Yahoo Mail for starters, which is echoed by Mike Brown, aka @mikeyb95, on Twitter: “Which emotion is greater? Anger for not being able to get to yahoo mail vs. embarrassment for still using yahoo mail?” He also uses Bluto from “Animal House” as his avatar, so it’s just one more reason to love this guy”

    So what email system do you suggest we use? Gmail or Outlook or what?
    Also, if you do suggest these others, is it because of their functionality or because they are more hip and modern and cool? .

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