Yahoo has decided that now is the perfect time to drop the beta tag from My Yahoo! Over the last year or so, users have had the option of using the new My Yahoo with a completely new look, feel, and features. It was still in the “beta” phase which meant that Yahoo was requesting feedback and tweaking things to make it just right. On the My Yahoo! Blog, they made the announcement that they were out of beta, but also announced that they were changing the way they used advertising on the site.

Probably the biggest and most welcomed change is the simple fact that that there are less adds and the ones they do display are less intrusive. They are also providing more custom-designed modules and new Yahoo! modules that will integrate content from some of Yahoo’s other services like Flickr or Movie Showtimes. If you’re new to the new My Yahoo, it may be worth it to take a look at some of the tips they provide for making the most of it. Tips for the new My Yahoo! can be found here. Customization is everywhere which is necessary these days, for a true personalized homepage.

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The other last bit of information worth noting is that with the New My Yahoo out of beta, Yahoo is ready to drop support for the original My Yahoo! That means the original version is retiring. This is scheduled to happen on July 14th (Monday). They say, “at that point, access to the original My Yahoo! will no longer be enabled. The new version of My Yahoo! was built for you and similar to our recent advertising change, we will remain committed to improving the product based on your feedback.”

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  1. Well it sure surprised the heck out of me… one hour it was my old Yahoo page, then I went back and it was new! I’m not a huge fan of “amazingly customizable” web pages, because I don’t have the time to spend tweaking and tuning. And up until this morning, I had a huge advertisement in the middle of the page that was unmovable – I see they’ve now removed it – otherwise I was going to dispute your remark about advertising being less obtrusive. 8O

    The one other thing I find sucky is that the Dilbert comic, which is available on Yahoo news but not Go Comics, is no longer available or customizable from my Yahoo page, so now it’s an extra bookmark and/or bunch of clicks to get to. Anyway, enough ranting for one morning…

  2. I was aware late yesterday that the classic “My Yahoo” was being canceled and replaced by a new one. I’m kind of nostalgic with this change. But I guess, I’ll have to get used to a new format. Sigh! :|

  3. kiltboy wrote:
    Well it sure surprised the heck out of me… one hour it was my old Yahoo page, then I went back and it was new! I’m not a huge fan of “amazingly customizable” web pages, because I don’t have the time to spend tweaking and tuning. And up until this morning, I had a huge advertisement in the middle of the page that was unmovable – I see they’ve now removed it – otherwise I was going to dispute your remark about advertising being less obtrusive. 8O
    The one other thing I find sucky is that the Dilbert comic, which is available on Yahoo news but not Go Comics, is no longer available or customizable from my Yahoo page, so now it’s an extra bookmark and/or bunch of clicks to get to. Anyway, enough ranting for one morning…

    I’ve seen a few other people complain about something not being available on the new My Yahoo that’s available on the original. Definitely send them a message about it to see if there’s something that they can do about it.

  4. *sigh*, at least the transition from the old to the new version is completed, can’t say the same of Yahoo! Mail preferences.

  5. I can’t stand the new version. The columns are not the correct width (and the width is fixed), there is excess space at the top, the top of the page is a different color, many of the supposedly cool widgets don’t work, in general it just looks much worse.

    It also doesn’t seem to work that well with Firefox. Ironic that it works so much better with MS Internet Explorer.

    I give Yahoo a D- on this one.

    • The new yahoo is a terrible design. Column layouts are unsatisfactory because they are fixed. Attempts to re-design the page to meet my purposes do not work.
      If I do not have better luck in the near future, I guess that I will have to kiss Yahoo goodbye.
      “Since it wasn’t broken, why did Yahoo fix (ruin) it?”
      Grade: F

  6. jahgreen wrote:
    I can’t stand the new version. The columns are not the correct width (and the width is fixed), there is excess space at the top, the top of the page is a different color, many of the supposedly cool widgets don’t work, in general it just looks much worse.

    It also doesn’t seem to work that well with Firefox. Ironic that it works so much better with MS Internet Explorer.

    I give Yahoo a D- on this one.

    Ouch, a D-?! Definitely contact Yahoo and let them know how you would like it improved.

    • I did contact Yahoo. They totally ignored me as they have everyone that I know that has contacted them. Yahoo does not seem to care about the people that use their page.

  7. The new version does not work well for me, is extremely slow and not wanted.

    I am so upset that I sent them comments and feedback with no response.

    I decided that those who hate the new format need to tell Yahoo. I created a petition.

    [petitiononline.com]

  8. Anonymous wrote:
    The new version does not work well for me, is extremely slow and not wanted.

    I am so upset that I sent them comments and feedback with no response.

    I decided that those who hate the new format need to tell Yahoo. I created a petition.

    [petitiononline.com]

    I just signed the petition to let us go back to the old format.

  9. I think just like most everything else, eventually people will get used to the new and be okay with it. And Yahoo will likely be working to improve on the things where improvement is needed. It just may take some time. I guess they shouldn’t have yanked the old away until the new was perfected.

  10. Omar Upegui wrote:
    Anonymous wrote:
    The new version does not work well for me, is extremely slow and not wanted.

    I am so upset that I sent them comments and feedback with no response.

    I decided that those who hate the new format need to tell Yahoo. I created a petition.

    [petitiononline.com]

    I just signed the petition to let us go back to the old format.

    :oops:

  11. i really,really,really,dont like the new yahoo because number 1.the page got mich going on.#2. it is to hard to read your messages.#3 i think that they should check with all their yahoo customers first before they just came and change your page.#4. and if we wanted our pages to look like google dont they think that we would have signed up for it instead of yahoo. i just wish that they would change it back to the way it use to be. this new look suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    boo yahoo……………..

  12. why did they change it man it looked a whole lot better before i just wish that some people would just stick to their way and stop trying to be like everyone elese…… :( :(

  13. this new change sucks i am going to a new site

  14. I dont know why they change the Yahoo home page. If it is not broke why try something new. I don’t have the time to mess with this new page. It does not look right. I have worked with the new pages and set it up to come back and see the pages changed. It is to busy for me. I have had this page for 10 years. Does anyone recomemd some other homepage to try. Please email me if you do @ lkeller1010@gmail.com Thanks

  15. I don’t like the new version, the old version was all in English, now on the left of the page it is in French, I will be going to another website if this is not corrected.

  16. Correction , on the right it is in french ,,sorry

  17. My Yahoo just made a huge change this week and I CANNOT STAND IT…..please give me back my old email site. This looks like it has gone back in time 20 years – why? I’m going to change to another provider. They’ve messed up bigtime.

  18. :(

    Don’t like it. Why do companies feel the need to constantly change stuff? I think they are afraid they will lose customers if they don’t have the “new and improved” version. I don’t have time or the desire to learn a completely new version when the old one worked just fine! I will just go somewhere else.

  19. Is Yahoo trying to make everyone switch to Google????? If they are I think they are suceeding. Its too bad as Yahoo was my favorite but change is good as they are telling us.

  20. I simply hate it. totally disapointed. The fact that you are shoving it down my throat pisses me off. Many things are missing from the classic version I.e. money conversion etc. If you think i have time to waste in corresponding and getting a generic mail back you’ve got to think again.
    No option to go back to the classic version? Then good bye yahoo…. there are other fish in the sea of the internet.

  21. The new yahoo does not fill my needs. It looks and works to be poorly designed. I think that Yahoo should give people a choice as to the version that is most applicable for the individual. There are some of us that really want to stay where we were.

    Yahoo get on the ball, don’t make people take what you think they should, give the customer what they want. Isn’t there something that says that the customer is always right? You didn’t ask me!!!!

    Perhaps its time for me to find another search engine…

  22. use to luv yahoo
    but the more they are trying to make it user friendly the more
    well you know
    i now use yahoo.ca for image searches
    less hassle
    until.

  23. I think the new yahoo sucks. Cant they just leave it alone. This is like when vista came out. XP worked fine and then someone gets a new idea to make money and boom u have new crap. And I do mean crap. I can’t find any of the stuff I need on the new homepage and all the crap i don’t care about is there.

  24. I don’t like how I open up my email and my IM pops up. I prefer to open up my messenger the old way

  25. totally worthless, no wonder “google” is number one.

  26. you do know that you can go back to classic clicking on the go back to classic button

  27. SUX! I hate change when I like what I like. I didn’t ask for this……….I want what I was using! Time to go back to gmail!
    :roll:

    I read even on the front liner of Yahoo that they were not getting good reviews! Um…duh..ya think it is time to give one a choice to have one or the other?…………………
    8O

  28. its , shit definately changing to google

  29. have the new home page,can’t get it to work
    correctly.have tried everything.went back to there classic
    home page but it would revert to the new one.i am going
    to use MSN home page.it has function and looks great.

  30. I’m convinced Yahoo’s new design is intended to make 75% of it’s users switch to another service. It’s downright terrible. Oddly, on my laptop I get the old, good Yahoo. Not sure how to go back on my desktop, but at least this motivates me to close my always-hacked yahoo email accounts.

    • At least for now – you can clean out your cookies and temo files and that should do it – don’t know how long that will work though – eventually they’ll take the old one down for good.

    • Already tried clearing out my browsing history and restarting my comp–on several occasions. Doesn’t work any longer. SUCKS!

  31. :x please change back to the old version
    :evil:

  32. The new Yahoo home page is poor at best. Whomever revised the page needs to get a life and contribute something of value. I am assuming that Yahoo paid
    the person or persons. A waste of time.
    Ed LaBelle

  33. I really hate the new yahoo page. It takes for ever to get to my yahoo mail account now, or to any of my yahoo groups.
    Good luck trying to find the weather – much less trying to switch it to another location (you know so you’ll know what kind of weather to expect in Chicago when your flight lands…). On top of that I am forced to watch pointless videos of teh schmucks who made this all possible. Don’t tell me I can customize… I’ve tried and it still sucks. They took a really good tool and VISTAed it – looks like I’m headed to Google for my homepage.

  34. Hate it! Thinking of using MSN as my homepage. Amazing…almost every review that i’ve read is a negative review of the product. It amazes me that they didn’t listen to our likes. Disapointing, really.

  35. I hate the new yahoo. I have used and loved the old format for years. I’m sick of if something works change it. For me it is akin to Coke trying to change the original formula. The new yahoo sucks……… I am considering defecting to Google.

  36. I would like to add that it is as bad as your best friend snitching on you to your wife.

  37. I don’t like it. I switch my account to google, I was glad I was able to keep my name, just changed @gmail instaed of @yahoo. I wished they would of left it, but it only took me a hour to send all my contacts/bank and insurance my new email address. I say vote with your feet maybe they will change it back.

  38. I hate the new format!!!!!!!! I want my old mail back!!!!!!

  39. Yes, looks like it’s time to go somewhere else if they can’t at least give people an option to choose which format they prefer!

  40. i guess i’ll go to msm.com instead of yahoo

  41. The new page SUCKS!!!

    I’m searching all around trying to find out how to get the old page back, but it appears I too may be looking elsewhere for a new homepage — unless they’re willing to let us opt out and revert back to the old one.

  42. The new yahoo page sucks, I guess its time to find a new home page

  43. I dont know how or why but i just went to the yahoo page and found it was the old one again. i’m complaining or anything but they could at least tell us whats going on. 2 weeks ago i had the old page then all of a sudden it changed to the new one, now i open yahoo and it’s the old one. what the heck is going on???

  44. Obv?ousley they dare not g?ve a cho?ce of old or new because I doubt anyone would choose the new ?nfer?or vers?on. I w?ll g?ve MSN a try I th?nk.

  45. well my home page will be google from the day the new yahoo home page starts. dont like it one bit.

  46. Dear Yahoo COO: If is all very simple we want ONLY the Classic Yahoo page; if it isn’t broken, why fix it? You’ve got too many techies with too much time on their hands. Their Beta is not impressive, the Classic format is excellent vehicle for future Yahoo growth. So why change the Classic format and lose so many loyalists such as myself? Don’t you respect us?

  47. Why can’t I access my contacts when trying to forward messages?!?!

    Fix it – change it back to the way it was when I subscribed,please!!

  48. what moron thinks this is an improvment

  49. 2/24 first day – losing my interest quickly.

    Huh, you couldn’t enter one simple word correctly? I’ll give you another chance.

    TO: Huh, the new version matches the quality of your reply.

  50. New yahoo maps sucks.. I need the full page map back. Not a square with no details. This sucks. You took the best map site out there and turned it into crap like the others. It fine if you are looking on a screen but worthless when you go to print. The details are all gone. really really sucks

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