Yahoo mail is no more China. Alibaba, China’s eCommerce giant which runs Yahoo China had announced in April of this year that the mail service would be discontinued in August and had given its users 4 months of time to migrate to a different provider, mainly to the mail service it owns. This is termed as Alibaba’s strategic move to get all Yahoo mail users in China onto its own Aliyun email service (Alimail) in the wake of decreasing popularity of Yahoo in China. Alibaba was handed control of all Yahoo China operations backs in 2005.
According to TechCrunch, the emails on users yahoo mail will be forwarded to their alibaba account until the end of 2014.
A notice on Yahoo China email’s site says that users with the suffixes @yahoo.com.cn and @yahoo.cn can register and transfer their data to a new Alimail account, where they will continue to receive emails send to their Yahoo addresses until December 31, 2014.
People can also switch over to other popular email services in China such as Tencent’s QQ Mail or Netease’s 163 Mail.