Yahoo Mail hit with downtime, ironic timing [Update ...back online]

While Microsoft was launching a new web email service, Outlook.com, to the public today, another one of the big three web email companies was experiencing some technical problems of its own. A large number of users of the Yahoo Mail and Messenger services have reported that they have been unable to log into their accounts or have experienced performance problems today.

News.com reports that they have received a statement from Yahoo which says:

Yahoo! Mail, Messenger and other areas of Yahoo may currently be inaccessible or slow to respond to some users in certain locations. We are working to correct the issue and restore all functionality immediately. We know that this may have caused some inconvenience and we apologize to our users who might be affected.

So far there's no word on what's causing the problems or when they will be corrected.

Comscore recently claimed that Yahoo Mail has about 298 million users. Google said in June that Gmail now has 425 million users, but that number has yet to be independently verified. Microsoft's Hotmail.com reportedly has 325 million users, according to Comscore. Hotmail.com users will get to keep their domain name but Microsoft plans to put its newly launched Outlook.com UI on all of its email domain services.

Update: Yahoo Mail and Messenger seem to be back up.

Source: News.com

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I've been having performance issues for a number of days with Yahoo mail. Sometimes it won't get my emails and comes up with a screen to go back to original Yahoo mail. Sometimes it time out when checking for new mail.

wahoospa said,
I've been having performance issues for a number of days with Yahoo mail. Sometimes it won't get my emails and comes up with a screen to go back to original Yahoo mail. Sometimes it time out when checking for new mail.

Yep,
Been having issues for a few days. Hate whne Yahoo screws with their stuff. They always mess it up more than should be necessary!

I use Btinternet mail which uses the yahoo servers. Its working now and has been since about 6.30pm GMT for me.
It was not recognising the username and password.
When it started working, it was pretty fast and there is still a noticeable difference in speed in both checking emails in outlook and in webmail

Lord Venom said,
Kinda amusing to me. Glad I don't use Yahoo at all anymore!

same i ditched it a few months back and never looked back.

PmRd said,

Lol, thank you Professor Fail Ph.D

Come on now. I'm all for an evolving language, but the extent that people don't know how to use the word "irony" is just really bad.

The timing is not ironic, it is coincidental or unfortunate. Irony would be like a big tall man having the nickname "shorty".

Shadrack said,
Come on now. I'm all for an evolving language, but the extent that people don't know how to use the word "irony" is just really bad.

The timing is not ironic, it is coincidental or unfortunate. Irony would be like a big tall man having the nickname "shorty".

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/ironic

Irony=
3. coincidental; unexpected: "It was ironic that I was seated next to my ex-husband at the dinner."

Its even worse when people are correcting other people but have no idea what they are talking about themselves.. Coincidence is also a form of irony..

Not ironic because outlook.com email was released but yahoo was suppose to update the email and have this message "Yahoo! Mail is now even faster, safer, and easier to use"

it still shows that message.

LightEco said,
Perhaps from all the people fleeing to Outlook.

I migrated from Yahoo Mail to Hotmail.

Main reason? Up to now, they wont give us 100% Secure HTTPS like in Facebook, Hotmail, and Gmail.

2nd Reason? Hotmail UI is light and snappy, especially now that Microsoft is embracing minimalist designs, I think they call theirs "Metro".