The New Yahoo Mail: Now on Your iPad

By Andrew Molyneux, Senior Product Manager, Yahoo Mail

Over the last couple of months, we re-imagined the Yahoo Mail experience on mobile and made it easier than ever before to access personalized news and information without having to navigate between apps. Directly from the Yahoo Mail app and with just few quick taps, you can access key information you need throughout the day, all in one place. Today, we’re thrilled to bring that same mail experience on the iPad.

The new Yahoo Mail for iPad includes everything you’ll find in the recently redesigned Yahoo Mail for mobile — email, news, weather, finance, sports, and videos — along with some fresh additions.

On the News section you can now enjoy Yahoo’s latest Digital Magazines - Yahoo Food, Yahoo Beauty, Yahoo Movies, Yahoo Tech and Yahoo Travel - and easily access them from the side panel.  Yahoo Digital Magazines are just like your favorite glossy magazines created for the digital world. Inspired by visually driven storytelling, they carry distinctive editorial voices from well-known tastemakers such as Julia Bainbridge, Paula Froelich, David Pogue, Josh Wolk and Bobbi Brown. Simply tap on an article to view it in full-screen and flip between stories by swiping left or right. 

When you tap the Today icon, you’ll find other everyday information you care about, like your weather forecast, sports scores, stock quotes and popular videos. 

Download the new Yahoo Mail for iPad which is now available in the App Store  for users in the U.S. Let us know what you think!

The New Yahoo Mail App, Now on Android

By Andrew Molyneux, Senior Product Manager, Yahoo Mail

A couple of weeks back when we launched the new Yahoo Mail for iPhone, our goal was to put all the information you care about right at your fingertips. In addition to checking email more frequently, we’re seeing that iPhone users are spending more time in the app - browsing news, sports, videos and much more.

Beginning today, we’re bringing that new experience - with the same one-tap access to personalized, real-time news and information - to Android. Go ahead and check email, read the news, search, look up the forecast, catch up on sports, watch videos and browse Flickr, all in the same place, without the hassle of switching between apps.

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The new Yahoo Mail comes with a couple of features that are unique to Android. Simply swipe left or right or tap the relevant icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen to quickly and seamlessly move between your inbox, news stream, and Today.

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And the Today icon displays the local weather, sports scores, news headlines, popular videos and stunning photographs, thanks to a new Flickr integration.

The new Yahoo Mail for Android is available in Google Play today, and the News and Yahoo Today experience will be rolling out to all supported devices over the next few days. We hope you enjoy it!

 

An Update to Yahoo Mail’s Supported Browser Policy

By Jeff Bonforte, SVP, Communication Products

The Yahoo Mail team strives to provide the best and safest inbox to our users. But to do this effectively, we are dependent on the frequent and important advances in the web browser. Whether it is security, speed or functionality, there have been countless key improvements in the past few years. 

As a result, beginning June 5, Yahoo Mail is updating its supported web browser policy to cover only the two most recent versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome and Safari. For those users who cannot or do not wish to update their browser, we will automatically switch them from our full-featured version of Yahoo Mail to our Basic Mail experience.

Users not running one of the supported browsers will see a new notification starting today with instructions on how to upgrade their browser. By far, the largest group of users affected by this updated policy are those running Internet Explorer 8 (IE8), a browser that is now more than five years old.

We understand that this policy update may be frustrating for some affected users. We appreciate their help in upgrading their browser and hope that the subsequent improvements in security, speed and functionality not just in Yahoo Mail but across their entire web experience will be welcomed. And we are happy that going forward these current version browsers include “auto-updating,” so users get the safest and most current browser without the hassle of manually upgrading.

Now Follow Your Favorite Teams on Your Yahoo Calendar

By Ashish Parnami, Senior Product Manager, Yahoo Calendar

We know that many of you are big sports fans. Beginning today, you can add all the games and matches of your favorite professional and college teams to your Yahoo Calendar with just one click.

Each calendar event links to the corresponding page on Yahoo Sports. Once a game or match has ended, Yahoo Calendar will automatically add the results to the calendar event. So if you want to check out last week’s game, just click on the event to see the score, highlights, and stats.

Adding events to your calendar is easy. Say you’re a San Francisco Giants fan. Head over to “Sports Calendars” under Subscribed Calendars. In the search field, type in “San Francisco” or “Giants,” then select the team name to add it as a favorite and automatically subscribe to the Giants’ season calendar. You can subscribe to a single game or an entire season, and all the events and schedules automatically sync with Yahoo Calendar on your mobile phone.

We’re making this available today to all Yahoo Calendar users in the U.S. No matter which team you root for, we hope you enjoy it. Please let us know what you think!

Yahoo DMARC Policy Change - What Should Senders Do?

By The Yahoo Mail Team

We recently changed our DMARC policy to proactively protect our users from increasing email spam that uses Yahoo users’ email addresses from other mail servers. This is an important step to secure our users’ email identities from being used by unauthorized senders. It also interferes with some long-standing uses of identities that are authorized by the user but not verifiable.

By publishing a “p=reject” record, Yahoo tells other DMARC compliant systems  to reject mail from Yahoo users that isn’t genuinely originated from a Yahoo server. This affects only mail with Yahoo addresses on the From: line, like this:

From: “Example Sender” <example-sender@yahoo.com>

To: “Favorite Recipient” <recipient@domain.example>

Subject: Testing Email!


If you are sending email messages on behalf of a user with an email address at Yahoo, your messages will be rejected due to failed authentication. Many kinds of companies might do this. For instance

  • Email Service Providers (ESPs) sending for businesses using Yahoo addresses

  • Services coordinating groups of people, like mailing lists, sports teams, online courses

  • Websites where visitors may share with their friends via email, like news and shopping sites

  • Other small business services, including business web portals and calendaring solutions, that send mail between customers and businesses

  • ISPs and other mailbox services that allow their customers to send mail with addresses outside the service’s control

  • Mail forwarding services


If you are sending on behalf of a business, what should you do?

Businesses are going to be best served by using addresses they control, so we recommend that they move to sending mail from their own domain.

From: “Example Sender” <example-sender@senders-r-us.example>

To: “Favorite Recipient” <recipient@domain.example>

Subject: Testing Email!


Another solution would be to use an address you control, which could be a dedicated address at your site, or a single address for different senders. Let’s pretend you are “b2b.example”. One way would be:

From: “Example Sender” <example-sender@b2b.example>

Or you could do:

Reply-to: “Example Sender” <example-sender@yahoo.com>

From: “Example Sender” <noreply@b2b.example>



If your website provides the ability to share items in email, what should you do?

If you are sending on behalf of individuals, we recommend that you send mail from your own domain. You can set a Reply-To: header with their email address so that people can reply to the sharer instead of to you. Let’s pretend you are “sharing.example”:

Reply-to: “Example Sender” <example-sender@yahoo.com>

From: “Example Sender” <noreply@sharing.example>

If you are an ISP or email provider and your users want to use Yahoo addresses, what should you do?

Consider allowing customers to connect directly to Yahoo SMTP servers, or contact us at dmarc-help@yahoo-inc.com to discuss authentication and configuration options.

If you are a mailing list owner, what should you do?

Mailing lists are a special case of sending mail on behalf of individuals. The most common option is to use the mailing list’s address instead of the sender’s on the From: line. This will change the reply behavior. Some mailing lists also choose to act as pure forwarders and resend the mail without breaking DKIM signatures. As of this publication, no common mailing list packages provide straightforward configuration options that produce DMARC compatibility, although Mailman has relevant features starting in 2.1.16. If you are a developer of mailing list software and would like help adding features to allow participants from domains with DMARC p=reject, please contact us at dmarc-help@yahoo-inc.com.

More information about the DMARC specification and implementation advice is available at http://dmarc.org/

Power to the people: Introducing better ways to compose mail and view contacts

Your inbox isn’t simply about messages, it’s about the people that you email. So today, we’re announcing two big improvements in how you view and reach out to friends, family and colleagues in Yahoo Mail.

Note: The improvements we are announcing below have begun rolling out to millions of users starting today. For those who are not yet seeing the upgraded features in their webmail interface, you can get to the top of the upgrade list here.

The first big improvement comes when composing email. Now when you start typing in the to, cc or bcc lines, you’ll see the following dramatic improvements:

  • All email addresses at your fingertips: We’ve all become accustomed to our inbox remembering email addresses we’ve used in the past and auto-suggesting them when we type, even if we didn’t add the information to our address books. Yahoo Mail has taken this feature one step further. Now, Yahoo Mail remembers every email address you’ve ever used or even seen in your inbox, and suggests the best one to use. There are even new ways to find people: just enter the first few characters of someone’s name, email address, initials, or even their company or school name and Mail will instantly suggest the best person.

  • Photos and Names: Now instead of free2rhyme@yahoo.com you’ll see the full name and photo of the person you are emailing more often - making it easier to make sure you’re emailing the right person. Photos are shown from Facebook and Yahoo Profiles.  To see as many photos as possible, be sure to link your Yahoo account to Facebook.

  • Picking the right group of people for your email: When you want to send an email to more than one person, the new smart auto-suggest will instantly suggest the three most likely recipients (and their best email address) based on your previous emails. Auto-suggest is constantly learning and improving. For many emails, you should be able to add everyone you need to an email without typing another letter after the first recipient is selected.

To get even more out of the new auto-suggest, save time by just hitting the down arrow before you type a letter and we’ll show six top contacts from which to choose. Of course, if you ever see an email address you’d prefer to hide, just click on the “X” to the right of the suggestion.

Next up, we’re now surfacing more details about your contacts by giving you a quick snapshot of your most recent interactions with someone. So if you’ve had a long email thread with a friend about an upcoming vacation, simply navigate over to your contacts and select your friend’s name to quickly see the latest emails and attachments they’ve sent you about the trip.

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This feature is rolling out to U.S. webmail users over the next day or so.  

We’re excited to be leveraging technology from Xobni, which Yahoo acquired last year, to power these two new features. To help us improve your experience even more in the future, please let us know what you think!

By Josh Jacobson, Product Manager, Yahoo Contacts