New Yahoo! Mail Finally Out Of Beta, Yahoo! Announces
Article by George Norman
On 17 Jun 2011
The story of the new and enhanced Yahoo! Mail has come to an end this week. As you may remember, Yahoo! announced that it would roll out an enhanced Yahoo! Mail Beta back in September 2010. Then in October 2010, Yahoo! announced that Yahoo! Mail Beta was released to the users who were willing to give it a try. Skipping through several updates, in May 2011, late May to be more precise, Yahoo! announced that Yahoo! Mail Beta would shed its Beta tag “in the coming weeks”.

The saga of the new and enhanced Yahoo! Mail has come to an end this week, on Tuesday, the 14th of June, to be more precise. That is when Senior Product Manager with Yahoo! Mail, Stephanie Shum, announced that Yahoo! Mail shed its Beta tag.

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“The newest version of Yahoo! Mail is out of beta and ready for you!” said Stephanie Shum. “We’ve got over 50 million users actively using the newest version of Yahoo! Mail and we want you to join them in this faster, safer, easier experience.”

Stephanie went on to say that Yahoo! Mail users who are not using the latest version will be asked to upgrade in the coming months. Users can also upgrade themselves by going here and clicking the “Upgrade Now button”. Users who upgrade will get to enjoy the following features:

Speed
The new Yahoo! Mail is two-times faster than previous Yahoo! Mail versions. That’s because it uses Yahoo!’s cloud technology to provide fast browsing speeds.

Spam protection
Spam is cut down by about 60% because Yahoo! Mail uses advanced SpamGuard technology and a new anti-phishing platform.

Social features
You can reply to messages from Facebook, Yahoo! Groups, Yahoo! Mail and other webmail providers by using the new easy reply bar.
You can view and share updates/notifications from Twitter, Facebook and Zynga from the new Updates tab.
You can view photo slideshows, inline videos and more from within the inbox.
You can chat with Facebook friends, Windows Live, and Yahoo! Messenger friends from within the new Yahoo! Mail. You can view past IM and text conversations within Yahoo! Mail.

Search and sort

You can search within your emails and narrow said search based by sender, attachment file, date, or folder location. Furthermore, Yahoo! Mail comes with a new feature that prioritizes messages and contacts that matter most; frequent contacts and lists surface first when composing an IM, SMS or email.

Themes and stationery

There are more than 50 themes and stationery options to go through and use to decorate your inbox.

Apps
There are several apps at your disposal.

Additional information on the new Yahoo! Mail is available here.
A help article that tells you what’s changed is available
here.



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