Please, Comcast and Yahoo: Just take me straight to my Webmail

Please, Comcast and Yahoo: Just take me straight to my Webmail

Summary:  Sometimes when I am not around my Outlook Express, I've been in the habit of retrieving my Comcast and Yahoo! email directly from their respective web sites.

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Sometimes when I am not around my Outlook Express, I've been in the habit of retrieving my Comcast and Yahoo! email directly from their respective web sites.

This used to be easy. Typing mail.yahoo.com or mail.comcast.com swiftly routed me to a sign in page or if I was signed in already, straight to a Web-based email interface where my new messages would be waiting for me in my Inbox.

Yet comparatively recently, that highly efficient routine has been thrown off track.

Why? Because entering each website through the destination URLs I've typed above now gets me to a page full of content teasers from each service's portal partners.

I understand the business imperatives of content spotlight-laden landing pages, but why is this desktop email detour is in place?  Plus, when clicked, desktop email often needs a new browser window. I never had to turn off my pop-up blockers to enable an email view but now it's sometimes necessary.

And please don't add an extra degree of inconvenience by making the email link on these content partner landing pages all that more obscure.

Take Comcast's, for instance? There's the email link, in small type at the left-hand corner of the landing page:

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Funny thing, though. Google doesn't make me wade through portal pages to reach Gmail. Would it be that Comcast and Yahoo! had that enduring wisdom. 

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  • Bigger Issue ...

    I agree with you about the new Comcast front end. I too find it annoying. But I have a bigger concern. Note the "Sign In" link just below the e-mail link you referenced. When navigating to the "Sign In" page from that link, the page is not going over an encrypted (https) connection. However, if you click on the e-mail or sign-in links at the top right, the "Sign In" page is transmitted over an encrypted link. So depending on how you're signing into Comcast, you may or may not be transmitting password data in clear text. This seems a rather big security hole, if you ask me.
    bsj42@...
  • RE: Please, Comcast and Yahoo: Just take me straight to my Webmail

    Hi, I have to add That now Comcast is forcing ads and advertisement on their pages. A big problem is that the delete and spam options do not work if you run an ad blocker. This forces a user to open email to delete it. Comcast is aware and blames third party software.
    RealMe_Me
  • RE: Please, Comcast and Yahoo: Just take me straight to my Webmail

    Use a gmail.com, yahoo.com or (if you must) msn.com/hotmail.com webmail account. Don't tie yourself to your ISP for e-mail. It makes changing ISP's a hassle.

    I had comcast as an ISP and my Internet service went sour. switched to AT&T. Now it's going sour...

    High-speed Internet is wonderful while it works. But when it goes bad, it feels like old fashioned dial-up service...

    *Frustraed
    1st2be@...