Yahoo Mail (Beta)

December 17th, 2005 | by dan |

Yahoo Mail BetaI got an interesting email today:

Your Yahoo! Mail Beta is coming soon.

Thanks for your interest in the new Yahoo! Mail Beta. Your turn is coming soon.

We know you can’t wait to get your hands on the new Yahoo! Mail and we’re just as excited about delivering it to you. Right now we’re working around-the-clock to make sure it’s everything you expect and more.

So stay tuned for further word. In the meantime, there’s no need to do anything. Your place in line is secure, and you’ll get the green light as soon as possible.

Thanks again,

Yahoo! Mail Team

I’m very excited. Although I’ve switched 90% of my email to Gmail I still use Yahoo Mail for some things. I’ve seen some screen shots of Yahoo’s new email client and it looks like Yahoo has picked up the gauntlet that Google thew down last April Fool’s Day. I hear it’s all AJAXy and I think I heard a rumor of tabbed email, but I could be mistaken on that.

Anyone else out there in the interweb already using the Beta?

Christopher pointed to a screen capture movie of someone demostrating Yahoo’s new mail features – it does indeed have tabs. You can have a few emails open, along with multiple new messages waiting to be sent. Drag-in-drop messages between folders, which you can create and edit all on the fly. The Yahoo Mail (Beta) looks like it behaves exactly like Thunderbird (or Outlook, or Eudora) does on the desktop.

And it’s done in freakin Javascript

Anyone remember way back when (18 months ago?) Javascript was just a backwater cousin to ‘real’ programming languages? Yeah, it was nifty for doing image swaps in a mouse-over and setting cookies and such, but two years ago did anyone really think that Javascript could replace C\C++ as an enterprise-class application building language?

Update 2:
To further my point about using dhtml \ javascript in applications that have always lived in the desktop realm, Writely is a Web Word Processor. Think MS Word, in your browser.

  1. 5 Responses to “Yahoo Mail (Beta)”

  2. By Christopher on Dec 17, 2005 | Reply

    Tabs indeedy:


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