Yahoo! Mail is the latest to put the lie to Microsoft’s claims that they can get a billion Windows 10 devices without its phone operating system
Basking Ridge, N.J. — It seems that being a desktop-only app was just too much for Yahoo! and Verizon.
Yahoo! announced on Monday that the app will cease to work on May 22. In fact, the app has already been pulled from the Windows Store on PC.
The app usage was not very high to begin with, and with massive security issues that propelled Marissa Mayer to resign and give up her bonus, the usage no doubt got smaller and smaller.
If you use Yahoo!, you can use Outlook Mail and Calendar to link Yahoo! to your Windows 10 Phone, or you can use Mail on your MacBook and connect Yahoo! that way as well. Here’s how you do it:
If you have a phone that is running Windows 10 Mobile (regardless of whether it is Build 10586, 14393 or 15063), here’s how you connect Yahoo! to your Outlook app:
- Open the Outlook Mail app.
- Click on the three ellipses at the bottom right of the app.
- Click on Manage Accounts.
- Click Add account.
- On the Choose Account screen, click on Yahoo!.
- Sign in to your Yahoo! account.
- Wait until the syncing is done and then you are good to go.
If you have a MacBook – especially one running Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan or Sierra – you can connect the Yahoo! to the Mac’s Mail app. Here’s how:
- Click on the System Preferences icon.
- Then, click on Internet Accounts.
- On the Internet Accounts screen, click on Yahoo!.
- Sign in with your Yahoo! account.
- Wait until the syncing is done. Then, you will be good to go.
This should help people navigate through the loss of the Yahoo! Mail app.
Regardless, though, this is going to be an uphill battle for Microsoft in their effort to get a billion devices on Windows 10 before July 2018 unless they turn their focus on phones. Yahoo, by deleting their desktop app, put the lie to the claim that Microsoft can have a billion Windows 10 devices without mobile, and they more than likely put the final nail in the coffin of Microsoft’s failed goal.