Yahoo Releases New Mail Client
More intuitive, fewer distractions and built for speed
Yahoo may not be the internet giant it once was, but over 110 million people still use its mail services — now, that experience has been upgraded with a new Yahoo Mail web client as well as new apps for iOS, Android and Windows 8. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer introduced the changes herself in a blog post. She said that Yahoo's new mail client minimized distracting elements and made speed a key focus, something that should be a major improvement over the somewhat bloated service of old.
The new mail experience should roll out for web users "over the next few days," while the iOS, Android and Windows 8 apps are available now. At first glance, the new iOS app (which is optimized for iPhone and iPod touch only; iPad users are out of luck) shares a lot in common with the recently-updated Gmail iOS app as well as many other smartphone mail apps. For example, the Yahoo mail app uses the now-standard list of folders hiding in a pane on the left side of the screen, much like Sparrow, Gmail, Facebook, and numerous other apps.