Yahoo has officially closed its email service in China. The company had originally announced its intentions to move its Yahoo Mail users over to Alibaba, of which it owns a 20-percent stake, back in April. Alibaba’s email service is called Aliyun.
It appears that all other Yahoo services will continue to operate in China as usual, including Yahoo search, which suggests that the company isn’t ready to entirely leave the country. The search giant has struggled against Google around the globe, though seems to have made a nice comeback under the leadership of Marissa Mayer, who has been CEO of Yahoo for about a year now.
The company’s recent strong quarterly report was largely credited to Yahoo’s investment in Alibaba, and now that it’s helping the service gain more users by migrating its own users over, we could see that continue. Of course, now that it has entirely lost its user base it’s going to need to make sure that it has long-term plans for its Alibaba investment.