Yahoo, once known as “the” search engine prior to the Google explosion, certainly isn’t the giant it used to be, but that doesn’t change the fact that its mail services are still used by millions. Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO, announced some exciting new updates being made, which according to reports will roll out over the coming days. Yahoo not only offers new apps for Android, Windows 8 and iOS, the mail experience has been upgraded for users of Yahoo mail. According to Mayer, the new Yahoo mail client makes speed first priority, while minimizing elements that some users found distracting before.
The new iOS app offered by Yahoo is designed for iPod touch and iPhones only; some have said it seems to be very similar to the Gmail iOS app which was recently updated. Originality may not be Yahoo’s strong suit, but users will enjoy an enhanced experience because of the streamlined solution across multiple platforms. Mayer, who made the Yahoo announcements in a recent blog post, said that additional mail improvements would be coming out over the next few months, and that these recent updates are “just the beginning.”
Yahoo mail users should now see faster loading of the inbox mail, and improved performance in composing and sending email; in fact, Yahoo estimates that a whopping 36 million minutes will be saved every day by users due to the improvements. Additionally, some of the features offered by the new iOS app include push notifications, a message list that continually updates, and the ability to add photos easily or shoot new photos through the application for attachment in emails.
One more good piece of news: although Yahoo has had an Android app for quite some time, performance is now maximized, and users will see that battery drain is reduced by about 20 to 40%. A fully native Windows 8 client offers integration with the search function, and offers features such as live tile support. Sounds like Yahoo is trying to remain a player in a highly competitive field, particularly considering it’s been a year of upgrades in terms of mail clients with Microsoft’s revamped Outlook, and Google’s ever-changing Gmail.
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