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Yahoo has been revamping its core offerings ever since Marissa Mayer took over, and usually targetting Google. The new My Yahoo as an iGoogle alternative is a great example of this. Now Yahoo is setting its eyes on a bigger prize: email. For its 16th birthday, Yahoo Mail got a whole new look across platforms, and a few new features too.
The new Yahoo Mail introduces ‘conversations’ view in your inbox, which is basically threaded messages like in Gmail — it clubs together all the mails about one subject into a single chain.
Where it exceeds Gmail, though, is with the storage on offer. Back in May, Yahoo rolled out 1TB of storage space for all Flickr users and it’s now doing that with Yahoo Mail too — that’s 1000 gigabytes for all your email and attachments.
Another new feature is that attachments can now be previewed before downloading and opening them. Of course, Yahoo also offers the added advantage of supporting Dropbox attachments.
Yahoo Mail now also supports quick actions such as searching, starring or deleting. On a mobile, you can swipe left or right to reveal the actions available, while hovering your mouse over the message in your Web mail gives you the same effect.
You can now also choose backdrops for your Yahoo Mail, which Yahoo will be curating from Flickr entries. Changing a backdrop on one platform will have it take effect on all the others too.
Finally, some Mail Plus only features will now be available for all. You can create disposable email addresses, have up to 200 filters to sort messages, set up mail forwarding, and get offline access with POP.
Yahoo Mail’s Web desktop experience is available in English in the US, Canada, UK, Philippines, Malaysia, India, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa with more countries and languages coming soon. The Windows 8 version and mobile apps are available globally now on iOS and Android.