Yahoo Mail has been given a major makeover. It’s now cleaner, faster, and more able to compete with the likes of Gmail and Outlook. There’s also a new Yahoo Mail Pro option for people who are so deeply ensconced in the Yahoo ecosystem they’re willing to pay to be a part of it. The mugs.
In recent years Yahoo has become known for a) its long-planned sell-off to Verizon, and b) a spate of data breaches which affected over 1 billion people. And yet Yahoo has now emerged from the gloom, with new owners and a very big point to prove. And it’s starting with Yahoo Mail.
Yahoo Mail Gets a Modern Makeover
Yahoo Mail now has a new look and feel. The user interface has been rebuilt from the ground up, and the result is a much more user-friendly, modern-looking desktop app. The old Yahoo Mail looks like it belongs to a bygone time, while the new Yahoo Mail looks fresh and very 2017.
The changes aren’t just skin deep either. Yahoo Mail now offers more customization options, with different layouts and color schemes to suit all tastes. Other small improvements include an emoji set from Twitter, stationery, and a GIF library. All of which make Yahoo Mail better.
Yahoo Mail now offers a Photos and Videos view which displays all of the attachments you have ever sent and received. You can even preview these attachments in a side-by-side view. The search options have also been improved, making it easier to find what you’re looking for.
Finally, there’s Yahoo Mail Pro, which is replacing the Ad Free Mail product. Subscribing to Yahoo Mail Pro removes the ads and gains you priority customer support. For that you’ll pay $35/year or $3.50/month, or, for the mobile-only version, $10/year or $1/month.
You can opt-in to the new Yahoo Mail right now. And if you don’t like it you can switch straight back again. But really, why would you?!
Yahoo May Not Be Dead After All
Let’s face it, Yahoo (or its new parent company Oath) is going to struggle to attract new people to Yahoo Mail. The brand has clearly been damaged by years of neglect and bad PR. However, the new Yahoo Mail is really very good. Surprisingly. So maybe not all is lost after all.
Do you use Yahoo Mail? Do you use it as your main email provider or as a backup? What made you choose Yahoo Mail over Gmail, Outlook, et al? What do you think of the Yahoo Mail makeover? Will you be paying for Yahoo Mail Pro? Please let us know in the comments below!