By Josh Jacobson, Product Manager, Yahoo Contacts
The most common way people search their inbox is by entering a person’s name or email address. Today we are updating Yahoo Mail with dramatic improvements to the quality and usability of these “people” searches.
Let’s start with the search box. Right from the first couple of characters you type, you will see Yahoo Mail instantly suggest people and recent searches. Your most important contacts appear at the top. For contacts with multiple email addresses, Yahoo Mail will automatically include every email address in the search query so you don’t have to know which email account they used for a given email.
We’ve also improved how Yahoo Mail displays search results. On the results page, you will notice a new, more useful layout that highlights the most important information.
At the center of your results are all the emails you have received from the person, beginning with the most recent, and you can easily toggle between sent and received emails.
Looking for an attachment instead of a specific email? You can search for all the documents someone has sent you with the “Documents” view, or you can see the three most recent attachments to the right of the results. Click “See All” for a longer list of attachments, including message subject lines, sent dates, and links to download attachments.
The “Photos” view displays a beautiful, Flickr-inspired page of all the photos from that person. Click on an image to quickly expand it. You can also quickly find recent photos to the right below documents and links.
Lastly, if you want to see the contact details for someone, just click “More Details” under the person’s name in the top right corner of the search results.
If you access Yahoo Mail on the web in the U.S., you’ll see this new feature today. And as with the new features we introduced in February, the Xobni platform is helping to power this functionality. To get the most out of this experience — such as images of people from Facebook and Yahoo Profiles — be sure to link your Yahoo account to Facebook.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on how we can improve Yahoo Mail, so let us know what you think about the latest updates!
By Mayukh Bhaowal, Senior Product Manager, Yahoo Mail
Plain blue links aren’t too exciting on their own, but they often lead to the most interesting content in an email. Now, Yahoo Mail offers a preview of that content right in your inbox. Today, we are excited to announce that plain blue links in Mail are a thing of the past as we introduce a visual, informative link preview in Yahoo Mail for the web.
Now, when you share a link in Yahoo Mail, you will see a title, image and short snippet from that web page. For example, if you share a Flickr link, you will see a beautiful preview image, if you share a Wikipedia article, you will see a title and description of the article, and if you share an Airbnb listing, you’ll see a preview of the listing. Link preview works for articles, images and videos.
To try it out, simply paste the link to the article, photo or video you wish to share in the email you are composing and you will see a link preview appear. The recipient can see the link preview on either webmail or on a mobile device. Recipients can even play videos right within the email message.
When you paste or type in a link, it will be replaced with a descriptive title. You can easily go back by clicking on the link and deleting the display text in the Link Options.
The link preview card is available in two sizes. By default, the larger preview card is presented, but you can quickly toggle to the smaller card by clicking on the arrow icon in the right corner of the card. You can also delete the preview card by clicking the X icon in the top right corner of the card.
If you don’t want to use the link preview feature at all, you can turn it off in the Settings menu.
We currently support link preview for thousands of publishers and websites including Facebook, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wikipedia, and, of course, Flickr, Tumblr and all Yahoo sites. We’re adding more publishers and websites all the time, so check back often. Or, better yet, let us know which publishers you’d like us to add here.
We hope this makes your email more fun and productive. We’re gradually rolling it out to U.S. webmail users and are looking forward to your feedback on it.
By Seema Kamath, Senior Product Manager, Yahoo Mail
Spring is around the corner, and what better way to start your spring cleaning than with your email? Whether it’s filing away last year’s messages or using Calendar and Notepad to make plans for a summer vacation, we are excited to announce three updates to your inbox that will make it easier to stay organized.
The first has been the most requested change in our user feedback forum: improving and simplifying how you work with folders in your inbox. Folders now remain visible at all times on the left side of your inbox so you can quickly find what you’re looking for or file messages. You can also hover over “Folders” and click on “+” to create a new folder.
Next, we’ve made navigating between the tools in your inbox (Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Notepad and Messenger) much easier. You’ll find icons for these apps located to the upper left of your inbox, just above the compose button. If you use tabs, this change gives you the extra space to fit in more tabs.
Finally, we’ve made the Messenger buddy list and chat windows more flexible when you’re multi-tasking - they now float in a window on top of Yahoo Mail. Once you’ve finished a conversation, just click the “X” to close the chat window.
That’s all for now: three useful updates to your inbox. We’re rolling these out to all Yahoo Mail users around the world over the next couple of days.
We’re listening closely to your feedback, and we’re excited to share a number of new updates and enhancements in the coming weeks. Please keep your thoughts coming.
By Jeff Bonforte, SVP, Communications
Tabs are back!
When we launched the new version of Mail in October, we removed Tabs. One of the things you told us that annoyed you about tabs is that the more you had open, the harder they were to manage, and you wanted multitasking to be easy. With your feedback, we launched Recent view to help you jump between emails, drafts and search results more easily, but many of you still missed tabs. So we’re bringing back tabs, but this time, they’re a bit smarter.
To turn on the new Tabs, go to View, Multitasking and select Tabs. Emails you want to read, emails you are composing, Calendar and Contacts all appear as individual tabs. If you use the preview pane, double-clicking an email will open it in a tab.
Now here’s the cool part. Sometimes when you have a lot of tabs open, it’s hard to find the one you want. We’ve fixed that. In the tabs menu (under the arrows icon after the last tab) you will see an option to Preview All. Open a few tabs and see how it works. And there is a very handy keyboard shortcut for this feature. Hit the “esc” key. Your screen will clear off (we call this “boss mode”). There is a little icon in the bottom left corner that looks like a set of squares. Click that and now when you enter boss mode, you will see all your tabs in a preview mode.
Whether you like the new Recent view or prefer Tabs, you now have a choice.
Tabs will be available globally over the next few days.
As we continue to improve Yahoo Mail, we’ll keep listening to your input. Please keep the feedback coming.
By Kevin Day, Product Manager
Today, we’re happy to share that we’ve revamped Advanced Search in Yahoo Mail so it’s easier and to find what you’re looking for. This updated feature allows you to do refined searches in your inbox making it quicker to find the exact email you’re looking for, no matter how far back it was sent or received.
To do an advanced search, simply go to the Search box at the top of your inbox. Once there, you’ll see Advanced Search as an option in the bottom right. You can search by sender, recipient, subject, contains, date, folder, type of email (starred, unread, etc.), image or attachment.
We hope that our refreshed Advanced Search helps you do more with your inbox in less time.
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