Yahoo, who introduced the “beta” tag in its Yahoo Mail service in October, starts to roll out the newest version of its online e-mail service to its 284 million users around the world today. This service will be accessible in 43 markets and 26 languages worldwide.
New social networking features are baked in to this latest Yahoo Mail version. For instance, users can respond to Facebook friends using their e-mail instead of going to Facebook. They could also view slideshows and videos from links directly inside the mail.
Contacts in the service are also prioritized by Yahoo, as this puts e-mails from those in the address book over the unread messages. The users could also send free sms online and instant messages through the e-mail program, and these instant and text messages would be archived by default.
Yahoo also included some apps from third parties like the mega-file sender YouSendIt and the invitation application Evite.
Blake Irving, Yahoo’s chief product officer, releases a statement saying, “Yahoo’s vision for online communications brings together all the tools that people use to connect–e-mail, chat, SMS, and social updates–and makes it easier for them to share content and engage in conversations with the people that matter most to them.”
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