Yahoo Mail Beta Review

YMail BetaOk so I’m in. As an Oddpost user, I’ve got an account with access to Yahoo!’s new mail beta. Click the image at right for a screenshot showing an interactive drag-n-drop of a message into a different folder. You can’t see the cursor, but the little green tick changes to a cross when you can’t drop the message.

Initial thoughts: the implementation is just as slick as Oddpost, with full drag-and-drop email management, right-click menus, and asynchronous updates. The most amazing thing is that it works equally well in IE and Firefox. As someone who dabbles in websites with a fraction of DHTML behaviour, I can understand the miracle that they have pulled off here.

There’s a few funky differences to the way that Oddpost works, the main one being that Yahoo! Mail does not spawn a new window when you log in. This is a Good Thing, because you still have access to your regular browser menus, back-forward behaviour, etc. They’ve managed the multi-window behaviour in a very slick way too. The image below shows what happens when you double-click a message to open it: you get a pseudo-window using tabs. Flicking back and forth between the folder and message is nice and quick. I presume they’ve used iframes or something.
Ymail multipanes
The one thing I don’t like is the super cartoony colourful icons and interface. But I guess the kids love that sort of stuff these days.

I’m still discovering the features and behaviours, and will update anything particularly interesting as I stumble across it. Feel free to ask any questions and I’ll attempt to answer them.

More screenshots after the jump.

Search results:
Search Screen
Right-click menu:
YMail Right-Click Menu
Contacts view:
YMail Contacts view
Adding a new contact:
YMail new contact form
Prompt to add a contact after sending a new message:
Sent message

54 Replies to “Yahoo Mail Beta Review”

  1. Nice review and screenshots. I’ve had a Yahoo email account since about 1995, and I sure am looking forward to the new interface. Even though I am mostly a Gmail user, I have a hunch I might be moving back to Yahoo Mail again once its made available.

    Thanks for your review

  2. I was invited by Yahoo to use Beta now. BUT, I had to download latest version of Mozilla, or Firefox, which I did. But then, I couldn’t get back to ‘my invitation! … See a Laptop float … at … FloatingDesk.com … it’s finally here.

  3. Hey please help me to upgrade. I’ve had a Yahoo email account and I sure am looking forward to the new interface. Even though I am mostly a Gmail user, I have a hunch I might be moving back to Yahoo Mail again once its made available.

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