Yahoo Mail Beta Improves Searching Yahoo Mail

The big buzz last night was from Yahoo releasing the Yahoo Mail Beta globally. The new beta vastly improves speed, security, email search while offering a "more social email experience," said Yahoo. The Yahoo Search Blog briefly explained "you’ll find a faster email search using Yahoo’s wealth of search science and technology." The new left-hand column has added navigation to sort and narrow your search results by sender, attachment file, date, or folder location. Other improvements to Yahoo mail are underlying speed improvements, better spam prevention, sleeker mobile experience, [...]

Where’s Yahoo’s “Big Vision”? Maybe It Doesn’t Need One

There are a number of critical articles, even complaints, coming out of yesterday's Yahoo press event featuring new Chief Product Officer Blake Irving. The main portion of the event had Irving and CTO Raymie Strata discussing Yahoo strategy and reiterating that Yahoo wasn't simply a media company but a company with deep technology as well. Some of the informal comments and conversations that immediately followed the 90-minute discussion were along the lines of "We've heard this before, what's new?" or "Where's the vision?" During the Q&A portion of the session Irving stumbled a bit w [...]

Live Blogging Yahoo’s Product Call

I will be living blogging Yahoo's product call, so please check back here for frequent updates. 2:00pm: Title of the introductory slide is "Connecting You To What Matters Most". 2:04pm: Still waiting to begin, not sure what the delay is. 2:06pm: The conference room manager said she is still trying to find the presenter, if you know where he is, press a certain key combination. I have never seen this happen with such a big conference bridge. 2:09pm: Kryssa Guntrum, the presenter is typing in the chat room, just waiting for him to get on the phone portion. 2:10pm: They are startin [...]

Yahoo Buys Xoopit To Advance “Smarter Inbox” Strategy

The web's first (and some might still argue only) "killer app," email, was invented roughly 35 years ago. And everyone seems to have ideas on how to bring it into the 21st Century. Google Wave is aiming to be an email replacement of sorts: a real-time, social communication and collaboration platform. Yahoo, for its part, is pursuing a "smarter inbox" strategy, which has a social media dimension. As part of executing on that strategy it has acquired Xoopit, which developed photo-sharing for Yahoo Mail and GMail (although that will likely come to an end). The estimated value of the deal was [...]

Yahoo Dominates The Web, Just Not In Search

Gigaom writes that although Yahoo is number two at search, they are still number one at so many other things. That is exactly what Carol Bartz, Yahoo's CEO, wants to communicate with the world, that Yahoo is not just a search company and does great things also outside of search. Gigaom reached out to comScore to see what exactly Yahoo is number one at and that includes: News Finance Sports Mail Entertainment Games (near tie) Yahoo Answers is not mentioned here, but I believe they dominate that category, as well. We don't often discuss Yahoo's other properties, but it is [...]

Yahoo Adds Apps & Widgets To Mail, My Yahoo & More

If you've ever wanted to send money via Paypal without leaving your email In box, or if you wanted to publish a blog post without leaving your My Yahoo page, today's announcement from Yahoo is sure to put a smile on your face. Yahoo is adding a number of third-party apps and widgets to several of its properties, including the popular Yahoo Mail and My Yahoo services. For Yahoo Mail users in the U.S., new apps include PayPal for sending and receiving money, Picnik for photo editing from your In box, MyPhotos for photo organization and sharing, and ZumoDrive, a file sharing service. These ma [...]

Yahoo Enhances Open Strategy: Mail, My Yahoo, Toolbar & More

Yahoo has announced several enhancements to their continued open strategy. Some of the updates revolve around Yahoo products including Yahoo Mail, My Yahoo, the Yahoo Toolbar and Yahoo Updates. Here are the breakdowns: Yahoo! Mail – The Yahoo! Mail smarter inbox experience is the company’s largest-scale implementation of its Y!OS initiative. The new experience surfaces messages, information and activity from people users care about most, and the integration of relevant third party applications allows users to be more productive, all from within their inbox. My Yahoo! – Beginning [...]

Yahoo Upgrades Calendar, Integrates With Other Yahoo Properties

Yahoo! Calendar, one of the company's early "Web 1.0" properties, is getting a major facelift for the first time in 10 years. Yahoo announced details of the new Yahoo! Calendar beta today, which uses technology from their 2007 purchase of Zimbra. In addition to improving integration with Yahoo! Mail, the new calendar will be more compatible with other online calendar services (such as Google, Apple, and Microsoft) to let you share events with friends. It will also offer email, instant message, or SMS reminders of important events, and user-friendly functions like drag-and-drop rescheduling [...]

Inbox 2.0: Vision And Perhaps Confusion At Google And Yahoo

A much discussed blog posting this morning comes from Saul Hansell at the New York Times, who spoke to both Google and Yahoo about their plans to turn their email products into social networks, in a manner of speaking: "Inbox 2.0." The plans discussed in the post suggest some clever and creative thinking about how both companies can leverage their existing products and integrate them with other properties. But people at both companies also seem to be in a kind of frenzy, which may turn out to be unjustified in the long run, over how to compete with Facebook. Here's what Hansell says about Go [...]

Yahoo Takes Beta Label Off New Mail, Adds Features

Yahoo has taken the "beta" label off its new Yahoo Mail service. Here's an overview from the Yodel Anecdotal blog. Arguably the most interesting aspect of the new features is the capability of sending text messages to mobile phones from Yahoo Mail. As the Yodel Anecdotal blog points out, this enables a new form of intergenerational communication: parents sending text messages to their kids’ mobile phones from their traditional Yahoo email accounts: We already have great integrated instant messaging features in Yahoo! Mail, so adding text messaging was a natural next step. It’s an increa [...]

Ask Jumps, Google Slips and Yahoo Leads American Customer Satisfaction Index for Search

For the first time, Yahoo has beaten Google in the annual University of Michigan American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). The survey measures U.S. consumer satisfaction across a broad range of business and product categories including "e-business," which covers search. The survey asks a statistically representative sample of consumers to rate their experiences with portals and search engines according to a number of criteria, which produces an overall satisfaction score on a 100 point scale. The search/portal category has been rated since 2000. Until this year, Google has always lead the A [...]

Yahoo Expands Unlimited Email Offer Globally

Today, Yahoo has begun rolling out unlimited email capacity worldwide. On March 28th, we reported they were offering unlimited email storage in the US. Now this is going worldwide. Not everyone will have unlimited capacity today but over the next coming months, they will, a Yahoo spokesperson told me. [...]

Yahoo Adds API Web Services For Yahoo Mail

Yahoo has announced the availability of the Yahoo Mail Web Service. This new offering will allow developers to use API protocols, via SOAP or JSON-RPC, to connect to the Yahoo mail platform. This enables 3rd party authorized access to list email messages, compose new message, send email, read email and so on, all from outside of the Yahoo Mail interface. I believe this is only available to Yahoo Mail Premium users, and Yahoo is offering $10.00 commission for each person you sign up with the premium mail service. This comes after Yahoo announced unlimited email storage yesterday. There [...]

Yahoo Mail To Offer Free Unlimited Email Storage

Yahoo announced that they will be offering "unlimited email storage starting in May 2007" to everyone. The announcement also gives a wonderful historical roundup of Yahoo Mail's almost 10 year history. Google Operating System has a post comparing Yahoo's timeline to Google's Gmail timeline. In addition, Google Operating System has an older post estimating the growth of Gmail's capacity throughout April 1, 2012. Finally, if you are interested in more coverage, check out the roundup at Postscript from Greg: AOL reminded us that it has offered free, unlimited email storage sin [...]

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