Yahoo Buys Oddpost for Upcoming Products

    July 12, 2004

Email application Oddpost is “delighted” to no longer be accepting new accounts, the company announced, as of July 9th. Why? Because Oddpost has been acquired by popular web portal Yahoo.

Current Oddpost users don’t have to worry about an interruption in service. However, Oddpost promises to use their web application technology to create an upcoming Yahoo! Mail product. After the product’s release, current Oddpost accounts will be “migrated.” “Until then, all Oddpost subscriptions will be extended, free of charge,” the company says. Support will also continue to be offered to Oddpost accounts.

Once the migration is complete, Oddpost users will also get a free year of Yahoo! Mail’s premium service, which includes 2 Gigabytes of storage, spam filters, virus protection, and more.

A release date for the new product has not been determined. Oddpost claims to be “thrilled” about the upcoming changes.

With an interface based on Microsoft’s Outlook, Oddpost offers perks such as a news and weblog aggregator, spam filters, and no advertisements. The application is web-based so there is no download or installation process.

In 2003, San Francisco-based Oddpost was declared the best web-based email program by PC World and won PC Magazine’s Editors’ Choice Award for best alternative web mail.

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