Yahoo to Give Away Inactive Email Addresses

by Christopher Freeburn | June 13, 2013 11:40 am

yahoo sign 630[1]If you have a Yahoo (YHOO[2]) email account but haven’t checked it in over a year, you had better do so soon[3].

The struggling Internet pioneer says that it will terminate all email accounts that have not been accessed within twelve months later this summer. Those email addresses will then be available for new users, the Los Angeles Times notes.

Users have until July 15 to access existing accounts.

After the deadline passes, other users can try and reserve email addresses freed up by the purge. The company will notify users who get a new email address by mid-August.

The number of accounts affected by the move remains unclear.

Earlier this month, Yahoo finally shut down its Yahoo Mail Classic service[4]. The company introduced a new version last year.

Last month, Microsoft (MSFT[5]) officially ended its Hotmail email service[6], which it acquired in 1997, folding all Hotmail accounts into its Outlook email service.

Yahoo shares rose fractionally in Thursday morning trading.

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