September 13, 2005 9:00 PM PDT

New Yahoo Mail beta to be unveiled

Yahoo was set to unveil on Wednesday a limited public beta of its new Yahoo Mail service, featuring a new interface more like that of a desktop e-mail application and faster response time.

As first reported in June, the new Yahoo Mail beta will feature e-mail caching; message preview; drag-and-drop filing; the capability of quickly searching e-mail headers, body text and attachments; and the ability to view multiple e-mails at the same time in separate windows and scroll through all message headers in a folder rather than one page at a time.

In addition, the new version will add address auto-complete, right-click menus and standard keyboard shortcuts.

The beta will be available to a limited group of Yahoo Mail users in the United States and will be expanded to include users worldwide in coming months, Yahoo said. Users will be able to choose the new version, stick with the older version, or switch between the two.

The amount of storage for the free service will remain 1 gigabyte.


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I was one of the selected group allowed to try the New Yahoo Email. With the good you have the bad! The drag and drop feature is long overdue; the contacts upgrade is a welcome addition, but the overall application is MUCH slower - I'm running XP PRO in 2 locations, and both the T-1 and the DSL(Pro) location have very noticable slow and sluggish responses. (In the T-1 environment I'm using IE6.0.2; in the DSL environment I'm using Mozilla Firefox ) They're both running this beta version like molasses in January.

Yahoo could have something, but it still needs work - getting used to the multiple panes is only a minor learning curve, and they work nice when you get used to them, plus the ability to build an address file from just a sent (or replied) email is very handy!!
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only 1gb of storage
the new beta yahoo is good except for 1gb of storage when gmail has 2.6gb plus.
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