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Yahoo! Mail Beta offers Facebook integration

Yahoo! webmail also gets built-in Twitter client

Yahoo! Mail Beta screenshot

Yahoo! has released an upgrade to its webmail service, Yahoo! Mail Beta, which it says is twice as fast as the previous version, and also features a Twitter client and integration with Facebook.

According to the company, the 273 million worldwide users of Yahoo! Mail will be able to opt in to the updated Beta version of the web-based email service. In its biggest redesign since 2005, the new interface aims to be consistent across all devices so users get the same experience of Yahoo! Mail whether they’re accessing it on a PC, iPhone, tablet PC or Android mobile handset.

Yahoo! claims that the new Beta will be a least twice as fast for most people around the world. The upgrade also offers improved integration with social networks, as users can keep up-to-date with Facebook and Twitter updates from within Yahoo! Mail. The client allows replying and retweeting without leaving the Yahoo! Mail page.

Yahoo! also says that its improved email service will offer an even safer email experience, with world-class spam filtering technology.

IM on Yahoo! Mail

The Instant Messaging (IM) features of Yahoo! Mail have also been upgraded so that chat windows can be docked or opened in multiple tabs meaning that chat conversations can continue without interrupting email tasks.

Rich media integration is also a key focus for Yahoo! Mail, as the company promises that automatic slideshow features will allow users to view photos and videos from sites such as Flickr, Picasa and YouTube directly within their email messages.

Which? tech expert Al Warman said: ‘Yahoo!’s revamped webmail is a big step forward, and the social networking integration is a bold move to attempt to keep users on the Yahoo! Mail site, viewing its on-site advertising, rather than them heading off to Facebook or Twitter. 

‘With Google Mail and Windows Live Mail being more competitive than ever, and rolling out intriguing new features such as GMail’s priority inbox, Yahoo! needs to innovate and deliver on its speed claims to keep webmail customers in an era of free email accounts with unlimited storage.’

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