Yahoo Mail to Gain New Features

Yahoo Inc. is introducing new features Monday for its popular Web-based e-mail program, including software that allows computer users to type text messages on a keyboard and send them directly to someone's cell phone. The enhancements make it easier to send e-mail, instant messages or text messages from a single Web site - no need to launch or toggle between separate applications or devices. The features will be available to users in the United States, Canada, India and the Philippines; users will be able to click on a contact and then select whether to send that person an e-mail, instant message or text message

The most obvious beneficiaries will be parents, who will be able to use their keyboards to type messages sent to their children's cell phones - no thumb-twisting typing on a dial pad, said Yahoo Vice President John Kremer. "We're giving you the right way to connect at the right time with right person," said Kremer, whose two preteen sons vastly prefer text and instant messages to e-mail. The changes come amid fierce competition among providers of free, Web-based e-mail services. Yahoo and Microsoft Corp.'s Hotmail have long dominated the niche, but Google Inc.'s Gmail has grown quickly since its introduction in April 2004. Users who don't want the upgrades - or whose computers are too slow to handle them - can opt to remain with the current version, which Yahoo will call "Classic."

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Yahoo mail has been sucking major a** for me for a while now. Constant error codes of 2, 4, 5, and 6. Gotten to the point of being almost useless. I've ben using Yahoo as my main e-mail since 1997 and Yahoo has done nothing but go downhill since that day. Only problem is, none of the other free web based e-mails aree much better, and that includes Gmail, which sucks major a** even more than Yahoo.

I found out I can use Outlook as a client for Yahoo mail last night. Is that a new feature? I thought you had to fork over $20 for that option. ??

feelgood13 said,
I found out I can use Outlook as a client for Yahoo mail last night. Is that a new feature? I thought you had to fork over $20 for that option. ??

It has been a feature for the Yahoo Mail beta for a few months now. It's not very elegantly done cause you get all the Junk mail downloaded as well. (I get over 500 a week.)

Jaron said,
It has been a feature for the Yahoo Mail beta for a few months now. It's not very elegantly done cause you get all the Junk mail downloaded as well. (I get over 500 a week.)

Just go to mail options and check "I don't want to receive any messages that SpamGuard thinks are spam".

feelgood13 said,
I found out I can use Outlook as a client for Yahoo mail last night. Is that a new feature? I thought you had to fork over $20 for that option. ??

interesting... doesnt work here keeps asking for username/password :redface:

ozzieXP said,

interesting... doesnt work here keeps asking for username/password :redface:

It's not free for .com addresses (US). You need to have one of emails which are country specific to get POP3 access. It's first time I heard POP3 was free during beta test. I just ended my subscription a couple of days ago and it wasn't free as I recall as I had another .com address which did not allow me that functionality.

ozzieXP said,

interesting... doesnt work here keeps asking for username/password :redface:


Servers:
pop.mail.yahoo.com
smtp.mail.yahoo.com

All server ports are at default. HTH

I'm not sure how many people know about this, but yahoo includes the ability to create 'disposable' email addresses (it has for a while now). log in, go to options, then addressguard. also, UK accounts still have free pop access, so there's trade-offs all around.