Yahoo bring "social infusion" to their mail service


Yahoo! are giving their webmail client a bit of an overhaul today. Stating the new-look Yahoo! Mail service has had a “social infusion”, the team are describing it as as “the best Yahoo Mail ever”.

Users can now respond to messages from Facebook directly from their inboxes, as well as check out notifications from Facebook, Twitter and Zynga in their entirity. Photos are now arranged into slideshows within the email client, with embedded videos playing straight from the body of a message too.

Yahoo! Chat also gets WLM and Facebook incorporation with the update too, while your most frequently accessed contacts are prioritised through a thumbnail toolbar on the left-hand side.

“Yahoo!’s vision for online communications brings together all the tools that people use to connect – email, chat and social updates – and makes it easier for them to share content and engage in conversations with the people that matter most to them,” said Blake Irving, chief product officer, Yahoo.

“We’re delivering on this strategy with the latest version of Yahoo! Mail, providing our hundreds of millions of users worldwide with a fun, engaging and constantly connected experience across desktop, mobile and tablet devices that keeps the conversation going – anytime, anywhere.”

Yahoo! Mail users can upgrade to the new features by clicking here, and then hitting the “Upgrade Now” tab.

Gerald Lynch


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  • The new mail client is quite good but the associated calendar is a disaster… slow, buggy and missing many important (some would say core) features available in the earlier version such as syncing with Blackberry and MS Outlook.

    Perhaps if Yahoo! spent more time on core functions and less on looks they would not be in the financial position they are in right now.

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