Yahoo Mail looking more like Outlook

Yahoo Mail looking more like Outlook

Summary: Yahoo is beta testing a new version of its free Web-based e-mail, and it's looking more like Microsoft Outlook and adding similar features. Think of it as a richer Web client that performs almost like a desktop client.

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Yahoo is beta testing a new version of its free Web-based e-mail, and it's looking more like Microsoft Outlook and adding similar features. Think of it as a richer Web client that performs almost like a desktop client. Lots of people are familiar with the Outlook interface, and a free service with similar basic functionality and user controls makes the WebOS more real. Gmail, Hotmail and others will follow suit or come up with something better, but it's difficult to get away from the conventions (folders, windows, icons, etc.) that have been accepted since the Macintosh was introduced in 1984. 

Yahoo Mail current (Compose mail)

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Yahoo Mail beta (via Dave Winer) (Compose mail)

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Microsoft Outlook (Two windows nudged together) (Compose mail)

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Topic: Windows

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  • Looks nice

    Do they do free POP mail? They DON'T? Then its useless.
    Roger Ramjet
    • Try this

      [url=http://www.freepops.org/en/]Freepops[/url]. Works on Windows and Linux.
      Real World
  • Will Outlook "look" help Chinese gov't find dissidents?

    With Yahoo's assistance and (yahoo founder) Jerry Yang's acquiescence (or worse, Yang's defense of Yahoo) Shi Tao, a Chinese journalist, now faces a 10-year-jail sentence for exposing Chinese government propaganda directives.

    From Investors.com:
    " When the Communist rulers circulated parameters for public discussion of the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, Shi sent them on to a New York Web site.

    His mistake? He used the e-mail service of Yahoo's Hong Kong affiliate, enabling China's security apparatus to locate him. But not without Yahoo's assistance, which company co-founder Jerry Yang admits and, with astonishing callousness, defends."

    Thanks to Investors.com for illuminating this major lapse in judgement at Yahoo.

    I hope Yahoo will do its best to remedy this and Yahoo will re-assure the public and its customers that their privacy rights AND their free-speech rights are protected.
    sjmnetx