I’ve been having an intermittent problem with Yahoo for the better part of a year. Every once it a while, mail sent from Outlook using the Yahoo SMTP service that comes with my paid Yahoo Plus subscription would take hours, and in a few cases DAYS to reach their destination. I thought that this was a problem with my setup and since the mails eventually got there, I didn’t feel like taking the time to be frustrated by Yahoo customer service.
Poking around on the Internet, I’ve now found several others who have had the same problem with their SMTP service. — Yesterday I sent a series of test emails from Outlook and they took over 16 hours to reach their destination — that is to say that it took more than half a day for my Yahoo account to email ITSELF. Yahoo has somewhat addressed the problem but with no ETA on a fix and no real visible effort to troubeshoot the problem, it would seem that the millions of users who depend on their Yahoo SMTP service will be forced to log into Yahoo webmail and send their vital email from there instead of their application of choice.
Microsoft… are you SURE you want to buy this company?