Yahoo enhances Web e-mail

By Derek Sooman on September 15, 2005, 8:08 PM
Yahoo is planning to enhance Yahoo mail in an effort to make it run more efficiently than other Web-based e-mail systems, providing a service that will rival that of desktop mail. The company has developed ways to short-circuit the multi-second delays that typically characterise web based mail environments, and has eliminated the need to repeatedly refresh a browser to open e-mail.

"The process of going through the inbox is much, much faster," said Ethan Diamond, product manager for Yahoo Mail and a co-founder of Outpost, the company which supplied the underlying technology used in the Yahoo Mail upgrade.
New features also include keystroke shortcuts that reduce use of a mouse pointer, faster searching through e-mail and an auto-complete feature for addressing e-mails to frequent correspondents. There are apparently many similarities with Microsoft Outlook.

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scottopoly said:
Many similarities to Outlook? It's pretty clear to me that they are trying to clone Gmail. Gmail has every single one of the enhancements listed (short-circut delays, no need to refresh, keystroke shortcuts, fast searching, auto-complete...) Also, not surprising considering that Yahoo bumped up their storage from 4mb to hundreds right after google released gmail with 1gb and then 2gb of storage. Many other popular web email systems did the same (like hotmail). If it weren't for gmail we'd still be dealing with 4 megabytes of space from a slow email service.
Didou said:
Well the only thinkg they've mentioned that doesn't come from Gmail is the ability to move emails with "drag & drop" like you do in Email clients (I don't use Outlook since Thunderbird showed up).& btw most people outside the US on Hotmail are still stuck on 2mb inboxes.
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