Yahoo Mail Redesign Is Now Upon Us

    December 11, 2012
    Chris Crum
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About a month ago, reports came out that Yahoo was getting ready to launch a big redesign of Yahoo Mail to better compete with Gmail. That day has now come.

The redesign was announced by CEO Marissa Mayer herself.

“Email is the ultimate daily habit,” she says. “It’s often the first thing we check in the morning and the last thing before going to bed. Why? Because it’s one of the simplest and most basic forms of communication. And since it’s such an important part of our daily lives, we’re making a few improvements to Yahoo! Mail.”

Yahoo is touting speed, ease of use, and cross device availability as the selling points.

“You’ve told us loud and clear that you want fewer distractions when it comes to email,” Mayer adds. “You want to quickly login, communicate, and get on with your day. And we’ve listened. Starting today, the new Yahoo! Mail is fast, easy and available anywhere you go. These improvements will be available on all major platforms: Web, Windows 8, iPhone/iPod touch and Android.”

New Yahoo Mail

New Yahoo Mail

Yahoo Mail & Messenger GM Vivek Sharma talks more about the offering on the Yahoo Mail blog.

“You can easily scan your inbox and quickly triage – starring important messages that need follow-up, filing messages to folders and deleting unimportant ones – all from the inbox. With infinite scroll, you can quickly find emails from last month or even, last year,” he says. “We’ve also reduced steps to save you time. When you log into Yahoo! Mail on the Web, it’ll take you directly to your inbox. We’ve tweaked the underlying performance so it’s faster to compose and read messages. After you send a message, we now take you right back to the inbox. Collectively, that works out to 36 million minutes saved every day.”

Search has also been improved, with the addition of auto-complete, and the ability to search across the inbox on the mobile apps.

“Photos and attachments now appear at the top of your message,” adds Sharma. “On iPhone and Android, you can easily attach photos directly from your camera roll, or take and send a photo from within Yahoo! Mail. There’s even a simple way to re-size photos, which is important if you’re keeping an eye on your data usage.”

Windows 8 users can use Live Tiles to show new messages arriving on the start screen, and can use Yahoo Mail in Snapped View or Fill View.

The redesign is rolling out over the next few days to “most” users. The mobile apps can be downloaded from their respective market places.

  • Diane

    I hate the new “improved” version…
    Not many things can I still count on these days and to open my trusted email only to find it had become just another Apple clone was more than distressing — it was the final straw. GOODBYE, Yahoo. I am now off to better service at a site I have to pay for but can expect to remain the way I want it.

    • Dick

      I agree with you 100%

  • Yahoo user for over a decade

    Just started to use the Enlocked browser extension with Yahoo mail. Now with the “upgraded” email it no longer loads into Yahoo mail.

  • http://yahoooutlookweb.com Patrick Smith

    Yahoo definitely did one thing right with this update. Many of us out here have our Yahoo mail coming into Outlook so we can work on all our messages in one place, which of course makes changes like this scary. But I’ve been testing this out with both Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013 for the last couple of months and the changes to Yahoo mail have not impacted the connection to Outlook at all. Kudos to Yahoo for not breaking something that was already working while updating something else.

  • A Phillips

    It’s impossible to see the email address before opening a message. So users are now obliged to break the first rule of email safety “Only open emails from an address you recognize”) every time they check a message. So I don’t feel I have a choice by to switch.

  • lea wagner

    I’m sick and tired of the blue box coming up everytime I open my email on my android. it says I can change the setting- its something to do with grouping emails- and it says I can change it in “settings” but it doesn’t say settings where and I have yet to find the place that I can do anything about it. it’s very annoying and I don’t like it.

  • tricia

    I like the new version though. Even if I don’t really use ymail in a daily basis, i think it’s more faster now and more organized. I also liked the fact that I can use flickr themes for my ymail acct. It’s just my own opinion though, and I’ve never seen any positive comments for Yahoo!’s new overview..