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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
How do you start your day? For most of us, one of the first things we do is check our calendar and look at the weather. With that in mind, we wanted to make it easier to plan your day - so we’ve integrated Yahoo Weather right into your Yahoo Calendar.
Now, your calendar automatically identifies your current location to give you the most up-to-date local weather. While viewing your daily, weekly or monthly calendar, click the weather icon to see a beautiful Flickr photo depicting your local weather conditions with the forecasted high and low. Click on the photo to see more weather information like the weekly weather forecast, sun and moon phases, wind and pressure and more at Yahoo Weather.
All the photos are from the Flickr group “Project Weather” - an open group where anyone can submit their weather photos for the opportunity to be featured on Yahoo Weather.
We hope you enjoy using Yahoo Weather in your calendar! Please continue to send us your feedback and Flickr photos!
By Ashish Parnami, Senior Product Manager, Yahoo Calendar
by Jeff Bonforte, SVP of Communication Products
Yahoo is fully committed to keeping our users safe and secure online. As we promised back in October, we are now automatically encrypting all connections between our users and Yahoo Mail. Anytime you use Yahoo Mail - whether it’s on the web, mobile web, mobile apps, or via IMAP, POP or SMTP- it is 100% encrypted by default and protected with 2,048 bit certificates. This encryption extends to your emails, attachments, contacts, as well as Calendar and Messenger in Mail.
Security is a key focus for us and we’ll continue to enhance our security technology and policies so we can provide a safe and secure experience for our users.
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.
We are very sorry for recent difficulties with Yahoo Mail.
Some of our users have not been able to access their mail since 10:27 PM PST on Monday night, due to a hardware problem in one of our mail data centers. The issue has been harder to fix than we originally expected.
We have dozens of people working around the clock to bring it to a resolution. We believe our current efforts will restore our users’ access to their inboxes by 3 pm PST today. We’ll post again then on our @YahooMail Twitter handle.
by Jeffrey Bonforte, SVP of Communication Products
UPDATE: Please check our Help page for the latest information. (last updated on 12/18, 12:30 PM Pacific Time)
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.
A month ago, we launched a new experience for Yahoo Mail. Our goal was to let you accomplish even more with your inbox, making everyday communications easy and simple. While we made a lot of improvements, many of you reached out to let us know what elements you missed most.
From that feedback, we designed a simplified way to switch between things you’re working on with a new Recent view. It was clear how important it is to be able to quickly jump between emails, search results and drafts. In our previous version, many people used tabs for this. The downside was that more tabs would open as you did more in your inbox…which actually made it hard to multi-task.
This feature returns the multi-tasking benefits of tabs to your Yahoo Mail, but with some important improvements. You will find the new Recent view just under the Folders in the left navigation of your inbox.
Here’s how it works: Every time you log into Yahoo Mail from your computer, you will now be able to see three sets of your most recent activities by clicking on Recent view: messages you’re composing, recently opened emails and your latest search. To make it easy to identify individual messages even when you have a lot open, only the ten most recent will appear.
If you’re a fan of keyboard shortcuts, the same commands you used to move between tabs works with the Recent view. You can cycle to the next item easily with the shortcut Ctrl+[ and Ctrl+] on Windows and ⌘+[ and ⌘+] on Mac. If you want to manually remove a message or search from listing, just mouse over the item and click the “x.”
The Recent view will be rolling out starting today and over the next week, so you will see it soon. We’re working hard to make reading, writing and finding messages easier and more powerful and your feedback is important. Please continue to let us know what you think.
by Ratan Hudda, Director, Engineering
#YMailTips - How to Switch Themes
You can easily change your inbox theme – select from Flickr photos or a classic color combination. Here’s a quick video to you show how to make your inbox your own. #YMailTips