Thursday, September 15th, 2005
Yahoo! Mail is finally about to start a beta with some of its users. The new version is the fruit of the Oddpost acquisition, and it has a very clean look to it.
Yahoo imported most of the changes from Oddpost, an e-mail startup the company bought for an undisclosed amount last year.
With its changes, Yahoo’s e-mail will look more like a traditional inbox that operates through a software program installed on a computer hard drive instead of being hosted on the Internet. Yet Yahoo’s redesigned service still relies on a Web browser and won’t require its users to install anything on their computers.
Using “dynamic” html, Yahoo’s e-mail accounts will feature an inbox containing all e-mails on the top of the page with a separate pane for reading e-mail below it. The feature is meant to enable users to scroll through an e-mail folder without having to click back and forth between Web pages.
Yahoo’s test audience also will use a computer mouse to “drag and drop” e-mails from one folder to another and search all the content, including attachments, stored in the inbox.
“Our competition has been doing some interesting things in e-mail, but we think we have leapfrogged them all with all these new features,” said Ethan Diamond, an Oddpost co-founder who works for Yahoo as a director of product management.
Zilla Smash got to check out the app and discusses their opinions
Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:06 am