Anyone here still using Yahoo! Mail? I still have a Yahoo email account from back in the days when people used Yahoo's homepage as their homepage and Yahoo search for finding stuff on the Internet.
The company wants to get back to those roots, and the hiring of ex-Google employee Marissa Mayer as CEO highlights the dedication and desire to rise from the ashes once more. Yahoo is still one of the larger Internet companies out there on the world wide web, but it is nowhere near where it was five or so years ago.
A refresh of the company's email service Yahoo! Mail may be exactly what is needed to get back on track as it is one of the most popular products Yahoo is offering. Yahoo Mail refreshes have been launched for the Web and as apps for Microsoft Windows 8, Apple iPhone and Google Android. The web refresh may take a couple of days before all users of Yahoo get access to the new design and layout, while apps are already available for all supported platforms.
Yahoo promises a mail experience with fewer distractions, that you can work with in a rapid quick fashion. According to Mayer, the new Yahoo Mail has been designed with speed in mind, which probably reminds you of another email service that is also known to be very fast and responsive. Don't get me wrong, speed and less distractions is always a good thing.
I checked out the Windows 8 Yahoo Mail application and it is fast and well designed. You get your folders and boxes on the left, the mail right next to that and besides that the actual message.
A couple of things are less than ideal though. You can't modify the three column layout to a two column layout instead. While that is not a problem for tablets it is not ideal on systems that are connected to large computer monitors.
The buttons at the top right of the screen are not that well placed either. To mark a message as spam, you'd select it first, move the mouse all the way up to the right corner to select the spam icon. Keyboard shortcuts to speed up the process would have been nice.
You can check out the official announcement on the
Yahoo Blog. There you also find links to all app stores where the programs can be downloaded and installed from.
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