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Yahoo integrates Facebook and Twitter into its Mail service

by Steven Mostyn - Oct 28 2010, 15:59

New and improved? Image: Yahoo.

Good news for Yahoo users after the Internet pioneer this week debuted its revamped email service, introducing social networking features, improved spam defence, and a “sleek” new user interface.

Providing Yahoo's 273 million users with a faster, easier, safer and more socially slanted experience (thanks to integrated Facebook and Twitter functionality), the new Yahoo! Mail Beta platform boasts improved spam protection, enhanced navigation and content searching and also a new interface spread across all desktop, mobile and tablet computers, including PCs, iPhones, iPads, and Android-equipped mobile devices.

“Online communication tools are an important part of people’s lives—whether they’re connecting with their friends and family, sharing pictures and videos, or keeping up on news across social networks,” commented Blake Irving, chief product officer at Yahoo.

“Yahoo! Mail Beta completes our trio of mail experiences, seamlessly spanning the PC, Droid, iPhone and iPad,” Irving added. “For the millions of people who access email from a PC and a phone or tablet, there’s no better cross-device experience.”

Here’s what current Yahoo! Mail users can look forward to if tempted by the tweaked mail service:

As a central destination for social experiences from across the Web, Yahoo! Mail Beta lets people view and share updates from Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo!, and beyond.

Additional features include enhanced IM and SMS capabilities for seamless chatting and texting within Yahoo! Mail Beta. Also, automatic slideshow features mean people can easily see photos and videos from sites like Flickr, Picasa, and YouTube from right within their email messages.

The new mail search tool leverages Yahoo!’s wealth of search science and technology to help people quickly find the right emails, with search refinement features allowing users to easily navigate, sort, and narrow search results by sender, attachment file, date, or folder location.

“Independently verified as the world’s #1 email provider in protecting users from spam,” Yahoo! Mail Beta also uses the company’s global cloud infrastructure to further Yahoo!’s anti-spam efforts and provide an even safer mail experience.

If you want to ‘opt-in’ to the overhauled Yahoo! Mail Beta, simply click this direct link and select ‘Try It Now’. Users can switch back and forth between Yahoo! Mail Beta and the existing version of Yahoo! Mail at any time.

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