Yahoo Chases Google, Upgrades Mail Service

Before there was Gmail, there was Yahoo Mail. Indeed, most of us probably have Yahoo.com e-mails floating around out there (and probably Hotmail.com addresses, too) whether we use them or not. Of course, millions are still loyal to the service.

Yahoo wants to keep its millions and woo new users to its domain and itEUs investing resources into its web-based mail platform to do it. On YahooEUs 16th birthday, the company is celebrating by making the experience more EUintuitiveEU on the desktop, as well as iOS and Android mobile operating systems.

EUWeEUre introducing EUconversationsEU for those who prefer to view e-mails grouped in threads,EU said Jeffrey Bonforte, senior vice president of Communication Products at Yahoo, in a blog post. EUAt the end of the day, being able to see an entire conversation can save you quite a bit of time. Context is king.EU

1,000 GBs of Storage

Bonforte said the company also worked to make Yahoo Mail more efficient. For example, activities you do all the time, like search, starring, and deleting, are now one-click actions that appear when you hover over an e-mail. And in a move to give you more breathing room in your inbox, you can collapse the left-hand toolbar to be more productive.

EUSince itEUs not a birthday without party favors, weEUre making many features previously reserved for premium Mail Plus customers free. Disposable e-mail addresses, enhanced filters and automatic message forwarding are now available for everyone,EU Bonforte said. EUAnd if that wasnEUt enough, weEUre giving you a monstrous amount of storage, 1TB (thatEUs 1,000 GBs), so you have ample space for all your e-mails and attachments.EU

On top of all that, Yahoo hopes to inspire Mail users by dressing up the inbox. The company is rolling out what it calls EUvisually rich themes,EU including curated Flickr photos, for your browser, smartphone...

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