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Yahoo Redesigns Mail For Web, Mobile And Windows, Offers 1TB Storage & Conversations View

Mihir Patkar 10-10-2013

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 The New My Yahoo Gets A New Design To Emerge As An iGoogle Alternative Yahoo isn't pulling any stops in its efforts to personalize the user experience for you. In the latest move, it has dusted off My Yahoo and given the personal start page a fresh look. Read More 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.

Source: Yahoo (1), Yahoo (2)

Related topics: Windows 8, Yahoo Mail.

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  1. Inyavic
    November 25, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Thanks for the info.

    @all, if you want to know how to switch back to the basic/previous yahoo mail version manually, check here

  2. Nicole
    November 9, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Yahoo Mail had such a user friendly interface but now with that new format that was sprung on all of it's users without any warnings or beta version first the whole thing is just a nightmare because most of the new interface functions do not work. Marissa Mayer made a huge mistake with this one and if you follow a group that was started on Facebook "Open letter to Marissa Mayer" you can see that there are thousands of people who like myself are very unhappy with what she has done with Yahoo Mail. What she basically did was to take the most user friendly email out there and she turned it into GMail. People are angry and frustrated at her decision to do this without first making sure that at least that new interface was actually going to work. I am planning to go to Outlook because Marissa Mayer has completely destroyed and trashed what Yahoo Mail was all about.

  3. comeon
    November 8, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I've just started to think Yahoo is cool and then they do those ridiculous stunts: Yahoo logo, Yahoo scream...

  4. ram
    November 6, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    There are so many problems on yahooo mail, Most of the times I cannot send the mail. Some time it doesnot save on draft too. May be it is being better.

  5. ccsrgv
    November 5, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Yahoo Contacts is still essentially worthless & unusable. You still can't resize (widen) contact list column to allow meaningful contact list view. No tabular view is possible at all unless you export. Worthless!!!

  6. Bob C
    November 3, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Not only did they make matters worse, but they broke what little wasn't broken! There is absolutely no consistency between "Basic" and "Full Feature" email. While I understand there will be differences, it should be in added options NOT basic functions (such as "open in a new tab", "Delete" goes to next message (not back to inbox, etc.) work one way in "Basic" and don't work in "Full Fetaure"!

  7. Brandon R
    October 29, 2013 at 12:33 am

    wow I think I'm beginning to love this CEO

  8. Emre E
    October 22, 2013 at 10:24 am

    1 TB now? Well i thought it was infinite a month ago. Well I tried to evaluate yahoo mail for its IMAP support about a month ago. So I set it up in outlook, and copied gigabytes of my previous incoming and sent mail to yahoo. After a while yahoo stopped working, because of suspicious amount of email in my inbox.

    I tried to contact them, they responded in 5 days with generic responses. When I contacted them again, they said i'd better get a pro mail option from them.

    Well in Yandex mail, they responded me super fast, and never had such issues there. Also no issues with Google IMAP, apart from space issues. Yeah yahoo seems to have bells and whistles, but they didn't want me, and my email.

  9. Alastair
    October 13, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Yahoo bring back tabs.......

  10. Rocky
    October 11, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Yahoo mail took away tabs so unless you only read mails one at a time you are lost.
    Before you could multitask or compose by copying and pasting from several tabbed open mails but no more.
    Marissa destroyed yahoo groups too - everybody is complaining especially owners who now have big problems administering.
    This is what happens when a simpleton manager changes things and if Yahoo continues these "upgrades" to their whole organization they will lose big time. Another manager like the Penny's store debacle.
    BTW - I have paid the $19 mail upgrade fee for years but now they raised that to $49!
    Bye Bye Yahoo.

  11. Don Gateley
    October 11, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    I'll use Yahoo if and only if they allow a restoration of my named account. Really, really stupid to turn us away forever because we didn't know to log on to keep it which is awesomely stupid itself. Foot, shoot.

    Marissa's got a self destructive policy going there. Not a sign of competence.

    • micromanbr549
      October 17, 2013 at 1:15 am

      There have been many signs of self destructive behavior, some very subtle, some not . . . (as of late!).
      My biggest gripe is that Yahoo has changed the fonts and no longer uses Comic Sans MS (a 'signature font for me, anyway).
      Small changes that 'stacked up DO make a big difference'.


    • Don Gateley
      October 17, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      The removal of Comic Sans MS (also my favorite) probably reflects the really bizarre public backlash against it.

  12. Allan Schmuland
    October 11, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Your "new" Yahoo mail is terrible ,It jumps around & won't let me chose the line I want to write . PLEASE bring back to old one or I will be forced to use Google G mail..

  13. unmatchedprod
    October 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Sign this petition to get Yahoo to allow users to go back to the old version:

  14. Ryashini K
    October 11, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I love the new look. I feel like finally Yahoo did something right.

  15. volongoto
    October 11, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    When they offer a way to use that space (1T) also for file storage (and syncing between machines) the offer will really be tempting (a syncing tool for desktop would nail it). Add an RSS reader to the portfolio of services and then many people will have a reason to switch to Yahoo. I don't see people changing their primary mail address just over email (and attachment) storage space. This way, it can attract some people, but most would use it just for huge file/attachment storage.

  16. Vaibhav
    October 11, 2013 at 11:56 am

    New yahoo mail is sooo slow. Plus open mail tabs are gone which were very useful in switching between opened mails.

    • Ed
      October 11, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      Agreed about tabs. I like to have multiple emails open in tabs. Thankfully, I switched to Zoho email from the Yahoo spam machine and enjoy multiple tabs with no spam. Despite the design of the site being stuck in 1999, it works great for me.

      The zoho calendar doesn't seem to send me email notifications though. Anyone else with this issue?

  17. Nick C
    October 11, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Yahoo is simply trying to outdo Google, but sadly, they simply need to find a niche in the internet market.

  18. shagyan
    October 11, 2013 at 12:27 am

    with Gmail security concerns, i think i have to switch back to my old yahoo.

    Hope they don't act like Gmail have done .

    • Kevin
      October 11, 2013 at 3:17 am

      Gmail security concerns? You think Yahoo is exempt? Ignorance is bliss.

    • Daniel E
      October 11, 2013 at 8:05 am

      I have to go by anecdotal "evidence" but -- of all the hacked email addresses I've seen, all of them are Yahoo! accounts. Haven't seen any from gmail. Which isn't to say that all hacked accounts are with Yahoo!, and gmail is hack-proof

  19. Mark M
    October 11, 2013 at 12:14 am

    until they do the POP access with other servers, it's a no go for me no matter what they offer...and "no, I ain't payin' for Yahoo Plus just to get it either"

  20. aileen
    October 11, 2013 at 12:07 am

    I hate the new format

  21. Ashraf M
    October 11, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Pleas more fancition.for Android to log in with social media

  22. denise
    October 10, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    OMG I hate these updates. I left gmail for the same reasons.
    Now I have to find another email system hat doesn't stack the emails like this.

    • pluscool
      October 11, 2013 at 4:56 am

      You can always set gmail or yahoo to not stack messages

    • Daniel E
      October 11, 2013 at 8:08 am

      I don't get why people hate the conversation view. It keeps related messages together so I don't have to keep bouncing from the top of the window to the middle, then to the bottom.

      I do remember a message (in some forum?) where someone said that she had 40 people in an email thread for planning some event (I think). That, IMHO, is a misuse of email, and there are other, better, tools for planning.

      And, as pluscool mentioned, you can switch it off anyway.

  23. Scott
    October 10, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Did they say anything about providing better customer service in the process ? ;-) So many people have agonizing experiences with free email CS when they need it.

    I gladly pay $1-$1.50 per month -- or less than the cost of ONE home-delivered pizza *per year* -- for a premium email service with quality customer support (and, consequently, more peace of mind), instead of trusting my email to the shifting winds and fickle fates of free, data-mining, eye-candy-centered webmail. Think: PolarisMail (starting at $12/yr), FastMail (as low as $15/yr), ($16/yr), Runbox (starting at $20/yr and in privacy-conscious Norway).

  24. MM
    October 10, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Has anyone gotten POP access to work ?

    • Logan Waters
      October 12, 2013 at 12:41 am

      Not me. Not yet.

      Idiotic PITA.

  25. Gautch
    October 10, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Your link says "Windows Phone 8" but just links to the Windows 8 app (not the phone app).

    • Mihir Patkar
      October 10, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      Sorry, that should have been Windows 8! Thanks for pointing it out, will fix it :)

  26. kammak743
    October 10, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    I am sticking with google as I use most google services and to change would be difficult.
    But if I was about to choose now I probably would choose yahoo because they are now going crazy on features