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Editor: Tom Briant
Sunday, January 24, 2016
I recently got an e-mail from a fellow MacValleyite complaining that Apple Mail would not receive Yahoo! Mail any more. They use Snow Leopard 10.6.8.
I then checked my own Apple Mail running under 10.11.2. I found that Apple Mail had stopped receiving Yahoo! Mail early in January. I could find nothing to fix the problem. So I knew I needed an alternative to access Yahoo! Mail.
I need Yahoo! Mail because I have ATT U-Verse and Wireless service. ATT has contracted with Yahoo to use their e-mail as ATT’s e-mail. That’s how I get my notification each month that my U-Verse bill is ready to be paid.
I can’t ditch Yahoo! Mail without switching Internet Providers. That’s a hassle for the future.
So, what alternatives did I find to Apple Mail for receiving Yahoo! Mail. I found three of them.
The first was to use Yahoo!’s Web client. I just used Safari to log into Yahoo.com and Yahoo! Mail came right up.
The second was to download and install Mozilla’s Thunderbird e-mail client. Thunderbird has the advantage of working with both IMAP and POP3 e-mail providers. It has many add-ins. The only criticism I’ve read about concerns its esthetic appearance. It still looks the same as it did 10 years ago.
If you want an e-mail client with an up to date appearance, may I suggest Nylas N1? It is advertised as an “extensible, open source mail client”. If you want to try the latest e-mail client, this is it.
Right now, it’s free. It’s easy to set up your e-mail accounts. It only supports IMAP from what I could tell. Right now the developers want to encourage as many other developers as possible to make plug-ins for this app. It is NOT compatible with the Thunderbird plug-ins, though.
That’s my off the cuff suggestions for getting Yahoo! Mail if Apple Mail has stopped working on this account for you.
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