Yahoo Mail's first redesign in five years

For a while now, Yahoo have been living in the past. Their mail service has been outdone by the likes of Google and Microsoft with both competitors having rolled out new designs. For Yahoo, they’ve had the same design for five years which may have caused some of their 279 million users to switch.

Yahoo have now addressed the problem of their competitors taking an advantages and came to the conclusion that they would roll out a new design along with a bunch of modern new features. The new service is said to be twice as fast as Gmail and Hotmail and is going to see social media compatibility. Additionally there will be improved spam filtering, tools such as priority inbox and inevitably updated texting and sending of instant messages.

Dave McDowell, Yahoo Mail senior product manager told the BBC that "People spend more than 300 billion minutes a month on Yahoo Mail. It is a critically important product to our users and this represents [the] most significant upgrade to Yahoo mail in five years.”

Greg Sterling, an Industry analyst believes that “if Yahoo Mail performs well, they will win people over. Yahoo Mail is a critical product for the company with an enormous user base. The challenge for them is to make having a Yahoo Mail address cool.”

Yahoo has been going through a hard time recently with even rumours of being bought by AOL, although they are still in talks which could takes months before a final decision is made.

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Huh?!?! They redisigned it for a few months ago I think... It looks and works very nice now, also social features are already integrated... Though only messenger I think...
But the new UI is very modern and good. Is this article from 2001?

No way it's five years since last update... Also. the current UI is far better than both gmail and hotmail both visually and when it comes to usability, yahoo actually feels like a mail client and not a simple webpage...

The new update that is comming seem interesting though the only thing i really would want is the possibility to sync the contacts with the iphone, for some reason you can sync mail, calendar and notes but not contacts

Leonick said,
No way it's five years since last update... Also. the current UI is far better than both gmail and hotmail both visually and when it comes to usability, yahoo actually feels like a mail client and not a simple webpage...

The new update that is comming seem interesting though the only thing i really would want is the possibility to sync the contacts with the iphone, for some reason you can sync mail, calendar and notes but not contacts

Maybe it looks nicer, but feature wise, it doesn't really go on the level of Hotmail and Gmail. Plus, with e-mail clients like Windows Live Mail, I don't need to bother with using the web browser. You also don't have to wait on Yahoo!, where even Windows Live is faster in development.

I hope that Yahoo would be purchased by IBM. Why IBM?.. good question ;-)

Anyways, Yahoo is not a serious company, they started well but something happened 4 years ago and the Yahoo creativity was halted.

The pace of Yahoo! (web) software upgrades leaves much to be desired.

However Yahoo! was the first to leverage AJAX in its Web mail app back in 2005. It was very slow (browser speed?), but then AT&T didn't have ads and it was very functional; consequently I stopped using a desktop client. Later, having ads displayed pushed me away from it, and back it was to Outlook and Thunderbird.

The other modules of the application (tasks, calendar and notes) were finally updated these past two years. This new update is faster, but otherwise changes appear strictly visual; and no longer can we access our calendar from our inbox.

I'm sticking with Hotmail and Gmail for daily use.

First redesign in 5 years is bull**** ! Well the new roll-out is completly different but other design layouts has been out there.

And also if you check fox business site and check out the recent interview with Carol Bartz she clearly says AOL will not take-over Yahoo!

Neowin should really know what they are writing and not spread false information !

Philip Street said,
The article is correct. Go to http://features.mail.yahoo.com/ and click Try It Now to see the new UI.

The color scheme is nice but it's very crowded and cluttered with stuff I don't need. It obviously wasn't designed with my poor 1024x768 monitor in mind. Yes, I am still living in the stone age.

Philip Street said,
The article is correct. Go to http://features.mail.yahoo.com/ and click Try It Now to see the new UI.

It's an improvement, but Yahoo still suffers from portal fever. If there's a way to configure it to people who just want an email experience, I don't know where it is (default to Inbox isn't really the best solution, but it's usually the only option).

brent3000 said,
Yahoo being brought by AOL? When MS offered to buy them before?

How does AOL keep finding money

maybe royalties from that "you got mail" movie? I think that was AOL .. lol

brent3000 said,
Yahoo being brought by AOL? When MS offered to buy them before?

How does AOL keep finding money

+1. Cents. It makes none!

nub said,
Looks the same to me...

Me too. Any screenshots of the "new design"?

Or are they talking about the optional Yahoo Mail Beta Design that uses AJAX UI, which is now made official? If yes, that sucks, because for slow GPRS Connections, I rely on Yahoo Mail Classic.

I use Yahoo Mail! =) I like for the news when I log in.

But some of they stuff they have needs updating (even though they only finished up recently)...a few years is a few years It's a long time in the Interwebz.

And I thought I read something like this a while back?

I open the news in tabs just before checking my email. When the email is done, I close the mail tab and start reading the news. Huge part of my day and I stay right there on yahoo's network.

Yahoo mail is so slow compared to the alternatives though.

modena said,

Yahoo mail is so slow compared to the alternatives though.

That's why I stuck with Yahoo! Mail Classic. It flies along compared to the new Yahoo! Mail, and is easily as fast as any other web mail service.

What you talking abou?_? Its new inbox was just released a couple years ago. Although they still allow people to use the old Mail Classic if they prefer.

vice le von said,
What you talking abou?_? Its new inbox was just released a couple years ago. Although they still allow people to use the old Mail Classic if they prefer.

This is what I was thinking, didn't they release the outlook-style AJAXified client only a couple of years ago?

vice le von said,
What you talking abou?_? Its new inbox was just released a couple years ago. Although they still allow people to use the old Mail Classic if they prefer.

almost everyone I know (who still has y!mail account) uses the old Mail Classic format!