Yahoo has announced the launch of an “all-new Yahoo! Mail” that has quite the list of new features including chat capabilities right inside Yahoo Mail, and the option to send and/or receive text messages. Many of you have been trying out some of the new features since the public beta launched back in September of 2006. The beta is now over, and I think those who haven’t experienced the beta version will be impressed with all of the changes.

I logged into my Yahoo Mail account this morning to find this message:

Yahoo mail

Those of you who were part of the Beta have been using this feature since February when it was introduced. Just to re-cap what you’re able to do, right from the Yahoo Mail screen, you can set your chat status and control how you appear to your contacts.  You can also see which contacts are online and start chatting with them. Probably the nicest feature is that your conversations will be tabbed so that you can easily switch between conversations and your inbox.

Send SMS Messages

The other big feature is that right from Yahoo Mail, you can send a text message to a mobile number – for free!This feature is available for U.S. numbers, along with numbers in India, Canada, and the Philippines.

So with the big new version launched, what’s missing? For me, it’s the conversation view (like what Gmail offers) and the lack of POP access for free. I think Yahoo has opportunities to provide a better spam solution, and perhaps even work on improving speeds. They mentioned that there has been an increase in speed, but for me, it’s hit or miss. Sometimes it’s speedy, other times it’s a bit on the slow side. Either way, the new Yahoo Mail has dropped the beta and is available to the masses. If you decide you don’t like the new version, you’ll still be able to go back to the “classic,” more simple version.

There Are 39 Comments

  1. POP access for yahoo mail in India ( yahoo.co.in) is free just like gmail. And now it has unlimited storage. For me the good news is SMS facility in India. I hate to install yahoo messenger, so i have been using webmessenger for my chat needs. But i think iam gonna switch to this pretty soon. Yea Speed is the only dampener. :cry:

  2. Whoa, I’m amazed Yahoo! Mail Beta beat Gmail in leaving beta. Now that it’s no longer a beta test, they should really work on browser support (Opera).

    Wuhu, I expected a new version any day now. My farm should get it in a week or two.

    I knew the integrated sms texting, and WinLive compatibility was coming. How? It was leaked on Yahoo! Mail Help weeks ago.

    [groups.yahoo.com]

    *below pasted from my Y!Mail Group post*
    I hope they kept the original Y!MB color scheme in tact. I really
    like that one. I’m surprised, and excited, that speed was once again
    significantly improved. I knew the sms and WinLive chat was coming
    ;). Hey, they finally added the shortcuts (underlining) into the
    new Y!Mail. It was in classic forever. Wow, I love the new icons. The old ones beat other mail sites, but these look even better. I’m glad the RSS folder got the standard RSS icon.
    [groups.yahoo.com]

    So, I think the million dollar question now is, now that Y!MB is out of beta, will it continue to be updated regularly? I’m guessing, and hoping, yes, because there are several anticipated features. I was expecting a chat archive to come soon -this release (Y! Mail Help said they’re working on it, and should release it soon). We’re also expecting an updated calendar (and maybe notepad). Also, now that the new Y!Mail isn’t in beta, there isn’t much of an excuse for the limited browser support. What I really want support for Opera.

    Yahoo! Mail is once again the best Email site out there.

    • on the new yahoo mail which i didnt want anyway, i really like the classic because i could at least fix it when it messed up however i dont think to much of your new yahoo mail. i have had to change my email address several times in the last week it is horrible i think and frustrating to say the least. first it would not export my contacts from the classic yahoo mail, now it is dupulicatiog my contacts and i cannot delete the unwanted contact, how can u say or even think the new mail works good someone higher up is really screwed the yahoo mailo up now, i would not swap my email classic for any free email out there and if i cannot get it straightened out i will have to go to another email…..hope u can explain to me how to get this fixed, i have several friends with the same problem….pls help me or i am gone…tks billash

  3. Has some really nice features, like chatting with MSN Messenger people.

  4. Nothing comes close to the concept of Gmail. Beta or not.
    I’m hooked on it.

  5. Hey Ryan, something’s wrong with the unread comments (again) :(

    The site said “you don’t have any unread comments,” yet checking this article proved otherwise. This article was listed under “comment tracking.” The options are set to “track comments only on articles I comment on.” I hit submit in case that helps.

  6. Yahoo Mail is pretty decent for Yahoo enthusiasts, but if you don’t use a bunch of Yahoo’s services, Google is still the way to go.

  7. Heh… Its like Gmail…. :-)

  8. netster007x wrote:
    Hey Ryan, something’s wrong with the unread comments (again) :(

    The site said “you don’t have any unread comments,” yet checking this article proved otherwise. This article was listed under “comment tracking.” The options are set to “track comments only on articles I comment on.” I hit submit in case that helps.

    Hmmm…I’ll have to look into that. I’m not sure if the page would have just been cached from the last time you were reading comments.

    KylesCove wrote:
    Yahoo Mail is pretty decent for Yahoo enthusiasts, but if you don’t use a bunch of Yahoo’s services, Google is still the way to go.

    Yeah, I don’t really use any of Yahoo’s services so I don’t feel that compelled to switch. Not only that but dozens of new spam reach my Yahoo! inbox everyday, and I’m not able to get an email address that is the same as my name on Yahoo.

    Joe wrote:
    Heh… Its like Gmail…. :-)

    I would actually have to say it’s pretty far away from Gmail. It’s closer to Hotmail than anything.

  9. where’s compatibility with opera?……..nd the speed should be improved……else….gmail still rulz man

  10. Opera 9.5 Beta already has better compatibility with Yahoo! Mail. So you can download the Beta version or wait it out … it should be released late this year or early next year.

  11. Hey leaf, just get the beta. It’s stable enough. If you’re worried, you can make it a seperate install so it doesn’t harm your Opera data.

    Hey Ryan, in Y!Mail if I want to see an email conversation, I just ctrl+click the message subject in the header, and it lists all the messages in the thread in a new tab.

    Also, just learned somehting awesome about Yahoo! today. Do a Yahoo! search for any Y! service with an exclamation point at the end, Ex- “finance!”, and you’re taken directly to finance.yahoo.com. Works with ALL of the many Y! services.

  12. netster007x wrote:
    Also, just learned somehting awesome about Yahoo! today. Do a Yahoo! search for any Y! service with an exclamation point at the end, Ex- “finance!”, and you’re taken directly to finance.yahoo.com. Works with ALL of the many Y! services.

    Hey, that’s really cool. Thanks for pointing that out. What would be really cool is if that performed an “I’m feeling lucky” search for any type of phrase.

  13. I just got a minor update with some great small features today! The first two are kinda cool: you can click a message’s title and view it’s thread (all w/ same title -Re,Fw…). Also, you can click L and R arrows next to the title to jump between messages of a common thread w/in same folder.

    The last one is just awesome, and it’s something I’ve long lobbied for. When composing Emails, the messages are auto saved as drafts, and these drafts are auto-deleted after the message is sent. Also, they can be manually saved using the “Save Draft” button, and they’ll still be auto-deleted after sending the message (because they’re now in the sent folder). This is much like Gmail’s auto draft save/delete feature, except this saves not just on a fixed time interval, but also every time focus is changed to a different Y!Mail tab (viewing folder, RSS, or anything else). It’s also pretty nice because it tells the time of the last draft auto-save. Before, I rarely used the “Save Draft” button because I didn’t like having to constantly jump to the drafts folder and delete the obsolete draft after sending the message. Now I’m free to save away, and I’ll never have to worry about losing my message. I could pull the plug on the PC, and the draft will remain :) Wuhu!

  14. netster007x wrote:
    I just got a minor update with some great small features today! The first two are kinda cool: you can click a message’s title and view it’s thread (all w/ same title -Re,Fw…). Also, you can click L and R arrows next to the title to jump between messages of a common thread w/in same folder.

    The last one is just awesome, and it’s something I’ve long lobbied for. When composing Emails, the messages are auto saved as drafts, and these drafts are auto-deleted after the message is sent. Also, they can be manually saved using the “Save Draft” button, and they’ll still be auto-deleted after sending the message (because they’re now in the sent folder). This is much like Gmail’s auto draft save/delete feature, except this saves not just on a fixed time interval, but also every time focus is changed to a different Y!Mail tab (viewing folder, RSS, or anything else). It’s also pretty nice because it tells the time of the last draft auto-save. Before, I rarely used the “Save Draft” button because I didn’t like having to constantly jump to the drafts folder and delete the obsolete draft after sending the message. Now I’m free to save away, and I’ll never have to worry about losing my message. I could pull the plug on the PC, and the draft will remain :) Wuhu!

    Nice Netster! I do love the auto-save feature in Gmail. It has saved me from losing multiple emails.

  15. The good news just keeps on coming in Y!Mail! Today they added (to my farm) a button for messages with multiple attachments to “download all” as a .zip!

  16. What happened to the Email addresses–when sending an Email?

    I have to look at the address book each time and it is a pain

  17. I signed into my Yahoo mail this morning and didn’t get the announcement to start chatting with my contacts. Does anyone know how I can access this feature? Much appreciated!

    Thanks!

  18. Print in Yahoo Email is tooooooooooo small…please,,,how can i fix it? susancr@yahoo.com

  19. :? I don’t like it one bit! :cry:

    • Hey, keep the classic for us older crowd,it’s not broken so don’t fix it. The classic is so simple large print no B.S. In and out and navigate fast.Remember what happen to coke when they changed,they went back to the classic,so do yourself a favor keep the classic.

    • AMEN WALT!!!!

  20. Hey Yahoo has taken over AOL 2 :roll:

  21. I signed into my Yahoo mail this morning and didn’t get the announcement to start chatting with my contacts. Does anyone know how I can access this feature? Much appreciated

  22. how can i delete unwanted in my my new yahoo classic

  23. Iam okey with new version,and very satisfactory

  24. want to go back to old style! How???

  25. July 12, 2011. I updated to the New improved Yahoo mail. It does not work. How do I get the old version back? You cannot reply to me by email, because it WILL NOT OPEN. My Yahoo mail is useless!

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

    I hate hate hate this new yahoo! Did that enter my one simple word correctly? No UNREAD button! I hate blue! I hate small writing which I cannot see! Why cannot the "powers that be" just leave well enough alone? And not giving me the option to go back to my classic. Not Cool! At least give me my button back. It says I have 24 unread emails and only 4 show up no matter how much I delete. Ugh…!!!!

  27. I am not satisfied with yahoo new versionn yahoo mail classic. It is not giving the reply after the mail has sent. In the earlier version it gives the message that the mail has sent with a tick mark. It gives satisfaction in sending the mail, but it is not in the yahoo mail classic. clear this to as the earlier version.

    by
    A.jeyanthi

  28. The go back button is also not working. what is ideatic new version. It must satisfy all in all manners. The new yahoo mail classic is not doing well. Please try to give the old version itself to get satisfaction on sending the mail.

  29. i changed my yahoo mail to classic version,now i couldn’t return to new version again:(

  30. The new version sucks. Why do you want to change something that already works. I don’t get it.

  31. HATE the new version of yahoo email. If I could go back to Classic version, I would in a heartbeat. New Version Yahoo is too slow—you sign in and go to the kitchen make coffee and come back and wait for Yahoo to come up. Then you have to deal with all the pop-up chat junk, when all you want is your email. If I wanted to chat, I would call the person I wanted to chat with. When I want email, I don’t want to spend my limited time deleting chat boxes. When you sign off it takes 5 minutes to get it to log off.
    Now I have to find another email, set up an account and notifiy people that I am no longer checking Yahoo.

  32. Your “new” Yahoo Mail has a fresh look and new features we think you’ll love
    IT SUCKS
    WHERE IS THE ABILITY TO PRINT MESSAGES WITHOUT THE ADS?
    WHY DOES IT TAKE OVER 30 MINUTES TO SEND A 1 PAGE ATTACHMENT. I SENT THE ATTACHMEN BY AOL IN 45 SECONDS.
    JUST FOR STARTERS

  33. The New yahoo (oct 2013) is a pain in a…. Not only a bad copy of Gmail (that I hate) but no more tabs, still so slllllllllllow
    and worse, the basic version is a return in the past (in 1995, some ugly interface for email were more efficient)
    Why does yahoo think users are stupid and sheeps ?
    I use now the basic version but it’s like a text version, not possible to bold, underline, color or add a real link
    need to manually choose the exp. address, slow and stupid

    Yahoo is doing all to kill itself ?? fine.. I’ll find a new free mailer

  34. Please there have been a lot of yahoo email which are hacked into, including my own and YAHOO should do something about it or else it will become unreliable.

    Regards
    Naambo

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