Yahoo Mail revamp first impressions: It's much faster, search lags

Yahoo Mail revamp first impressions: It's much faster, search lags

Summary: Yahoo rolled out a new beta for its e-mail overhaul that promises better speed and search.

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Yahoo on Wednesday rolled out a new beta for its e-mail overhaul that promises better speed and search.

That latter capability is a big deal given Yahoo has had a mail search bug for more than a year that still plagues users.

In a blog post, Yahoo said that it built Yahoo Mail Beta from the ground up to be faster. The new Yahoo Mail is twice as fast as the previous version.

Other key features:

  • Facebook and Twitter integration along with other feeds to pull in pictures and YouTube.
  • A "simple yet powerful" search. Yahoo added a new search interface, but as noted before it really just needs a working search tool.
  • Better spam filtering.
  • And the same experience across devices and your PC.

My first impression of the Yahoo Mail beta is generally positive. The interface isn't a huge switch, but just the speed jump is worth giving the new Mail a go. The new Yahoo Mail lives up to its speed claims and then some. Everything loads faster.

Search also worked, but the performance seemed sluggish. The results did turn up, but the search was far from instant. However, the attachment view was a nice touch.

Related: The Yahoo Mail search bug: One year later

Topics: Browser, Collaboration, Social Enterprise

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  • Not available for me yet.

    Hopefully soon. I am a fan of Yahoo! Mail's interface, as I am a fan of Outlook from whence it is ripped. But I am always a fan of faster (although, honestly, it's pretty snappy as is).
    x I'm tc
  • RE: Yahoo Mail revamp first impressions: It's much faster, search lags

    Is it? I dont think its faster. I always prefer Gmail more than Ymail, since gmail is faster than the latter.

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  • RE: Yahoo Mail revamp first impressions: It's much faster, search lags

    Does it now default to the Inbox instead of the stupid What's New page?
    aep528
    • Now why would they do that?

      Where else are you going to see their sh!tty pop-up ads?<br><br>lol...
      ahh so
  • RE: Yahoo Mail revamp first impressions: It's much faster, search lags

    Call me stupid, but I've never understood this business about browsers and web-based email being 'faster'. Surely the speed of the internet connection is what makes the biggest difference? (And when you have a connection like mine, the techies can make their programs as fast as they like, it won't make any my pages load any quicker) :(
    pianoman1962
    • RE: Yahoo Mail revamp first impressions: It's much faster, search lags

      @pianoman1962
      Speed of connection is one thing. The whole process can be thought of like a water pipe. If the pipe is small(slow connection), and sufficient water is poured into it, the pipe becomes the bottleneck. But if in a big pipe, the water enters at a small rate, then the pouring of water is the bottleneck. Similarly, if a search or mail site takes a long time to retrieve data and the put it in the connection, then it is the site which is the bottleneck, not the connection. Similarly, if it can put more data than the connection can transmit, then the connection is the bottleneck.
      In the above case, yahoo takes a long time to get the required data and put it in the connection.
      kashyap.bikram@...
  • RE: Yahoo Mail revamp first impressions: It's much faster, search lags

    Yahoo is always a slow search engine as well as a email service. I just dont know when all this is going to be fine. I think the main reason behind this are the advertisements.
    http://www.imperiousseo.com
    imperiousseo
  • RE: Yahoo Mail revamp first impressions: It's much faster, search lags

    I think sorting out this sort of problem won't be of much use.
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