By Ankit Shah, Senior Software Engineer – Yahoo! Mail
When you’re looking for the party invitation your friend sent you yesterday or the coupon you received from your favorite store last weekend, sometimes it’s easiest to just scroll back through your messages to find what you’re looking for. Beginning today, you can effortlessly navigate your Yahoo! Mail inbox by scrolling through hundreds of messages at a time. To jump back to the top of your message list, click on the gray arrow in the lower-right corner that follows you as you scroll down the page. And to get to the earliest or most recent message in the list, simply sort by date in the menu above your inbox.
And if you use the preview pane, you now have the option to view it on the side of your inbox.
We hope this new feature makes it faster and easier for you to find what you’re looking for. Let us know what you think!
by Andrew Molyneux, Senior Product Manager – Yahoo! Mail
Here at Yahoo! Mail, we’re (not surprisingly) big fans of email. But, sometimes a conversation is better suited to IM or SMS. That’s why today we’re excited to be launching a refresh to the Yahoo! Messenger integration in Yahoo! Mail (Messenger in Mail). With this, we’re making it faster and easier than ever for you to IM and SMS within Yahoo! Mail. We’re also introducing a number of customizable options so your IM and SMS experience is personalized for you.
Speed is paramount – especially in IM conversations. That’s why we’ve re-architected Messenger in Mail so it’s nearly 50% faster than before. We’ve also thought about how to make it faster to use. For instance, most of us communicate with the same handful of people. The new Messenger in Mail has a “Favorites” feature so that you can quickly start a conversation with them. And, if you want to see all of your Messenger friends, simply click the Messenger dropdown next to ‘Me:’.
Just like our new Yahoo! Mail experience, we’ve streamlined the interface to make it cleaner and easier to use. We’ve improved the notification experience so it doesn’t distract. When your chat window is minimized or closed, and you receive a notification, it will appear in the left rail.
The new Messenger in Mail is a customizable experience. Chats appear in a window that you can move, resize or minimize based on your preferences. Additionally, you can set yourself as available, invisible or offline by clicking ‘Available’ menu next to ‘Me:’ in the left rail. And, you can add a custom status message by clicking the Messenger dropdown and selecting ‘Custom Status’. We remember your last five status messages so you can quickly change to a status you use often.
We hope you like these new changes. Check them out and let us know what you think!
by Yelena Mejova, Researcher, Yahoo! Labs
Twenty years ago, Samuel Huntington turned the political science world on its head. At the time, political scientists largely thought that geo-political alignments reflected economic and ideological divisions. Huntington thought differently. In his landmark article Clash of Civilizations, he asserted “The great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of conflict will be cultural.” Our team at Yahoo! Labs wanted to test this controversial hypothesis by looking at the flow of communications globally to get a sense of which countries were talking to each other.
Headed by computational sociologist Bogdan State (Stanford University), along with Patrick Park and Michael Macy (Cornell University) and Ingmar Weber (Qatar Computing Research Institute), we used Yahoo! Mail to map global communication trends and relate it to economic, demographic, political, and cultural metrics.
Our data set consisted of anonymized message headers (not message content) from hundreds of millions of anonymized Yahoo! Mail messages across tens of millions of Yahoo! users located among 144 different countries and sent during a six month period in 2012. After adjusting for market share and country-specific Internet usage, we constructed a global communications network, which is pictured here.
This network clearly shows Huntington’s eight different cultures, most notably Latin American, African, Islamic, and Western. The nearer in proximity the cultures are on the chart, the more they are emailing each other. Nevertheless, this could be due to other factors like geographic proximity, common language, population size and density, and even similarity in economic development. To tease out the importance of these factors, we ran a statistical analysis using standard cultural measures like power-distance index, individualism-collectivism, masculinity-femininity and the uncertainty avoidance index (all of which have been compiled for most of the world’s largest countries), to account for the communication ties.
Perhaps you’ve already guessed it…After controlling for many factors (like common languages, geographic proximity, economic and cultural similarities), the effect of “civilization,” defined as blocks of countries that share common historical circumstances and cultural features, remains a significant predictor of communication density. Our analysis of global email flow maps closely with Huntington’s prediction of nation state alignment.
There is, however, an important difference. Critics have questioned whether divisions among Huntington’s civilizations are a predictor of ethnic conflict . The field of computational international relations is only in its infancy, and it’s too soon to know at this point whether low level of email communication between geographically-proximate countries translates into a higher likelihood of conflict or clash. What we do know is that Huntington’s theory is quite good at partitioning the world’s countries when it comes to email communication, and the evidence we present today clearly shows a “mesh of civilizations,” not a “clash.”
About Yahoo! Labs
Yahoo! Labs is pioneering science driven innovation. If the type of research described in “Mesh of Civilization” interests you, Yahoo! Labs is currently hiring PhDs for even more fascinating research projects. To learn more about career opportunities at Yahoo! Labs, please visit here.
 S. Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations. Foreign Aff. 72.3, 22-49 (1993).
 G. Hofstede, Culture’s consequences: International differences in work-related values. (Sage Publications, New York, 1980).
 J. Fox, Clash of Civilizations or Clash of Religions Which is a More Important Determinant of Ethnic Conflict? Ethnicities 1.3, 295-320 (2001).
- Posted April 22nd, 2013 at 10:25 am by HuongT
- Categories: Address Book & Calendar, General, New Stuff, Tips & Tutorials
Today, we’re rolling out an updated version of Yahoo! Calendar that’s cleaner and easier to use. Our intent with these changes is to give you more information in fewer clicks, so you can more easily manage your busy schedule and ToDo lists.
New Calendar Features:
- View your entire day easily: Now when you go to the Day view, you can see events for 8+ hours without having to scroll down.
- Specify the event location more quickly: You can now easily add the location of an event using the quick add feature.
- Event previews: In Day view, easily get a preview of all the events on your calendar for that day, including important details like location and meeting organizer. To drill down on an event, just click once on the event entry and to edit, just double-click the event.
New ToDos Features
Like many of you, I use the ToDos feature to organize my tasks and I’m excited about the updates we’ve made to the ToDos feature since now you can prioritize tasks across multiple lists.
- Important and Urgent) to each ToDo. With new Priority View, you can see all ToDos across all ToDo lists grouped by priority. You can easily change priority of ToDos by dragging and dropping tasks from one priority section to another.
- Quick ToDo Addition: Miss that feature earlier? Not anymore. In every ToDo view, you can quickly add a ToDo inline at the end of the section.
- Marking as done: Like many of you, I love checking off a ToDo item off my list. Now marking a ToDo as done takes just one click. Hover on the ToDo and click on the check-box to mark it as done. Satisfaction!
- Postponing a ToDo: Many times we need to postpone ToDos to tomorrow or a later date. To make it easier, you can click on the Postpone icon on the right to push the due date out.
These new features are rolling out globally today for Yahoo! Calendar and are available on calendar.yahoo.com or via Yahoo! Mail using the Calendar tab. Please check them out and let us know what you think!
Sr. Product Manager
by David McDowell, Sr. Director of Product Management
We’re working hard to make Yahoo! Mail one of your favorite daily habits, and that means we have to stay focused. As we just posted on Yodel,we will be discontinuing the last of the older versions of Yahoo! Mail for the Web and Yahoo! Mail (and Messenger) apps for feature phones. Doing this will allow us to bring you newer and better versions of the product.
We know change is hard, especially when it comes to your email, and we want to make the transition as smooth as possible. If you are using an older version of Yahoo! Mail for the Web, you will be prompted to switch to the new Yahoo! Mail starting the week of June 3, 2013. If you decide to switch, everything in your existing mail account (emails, contacts, folders and attachments) will move to the new Yahoo! Mail. If you’re on dial-up or an older browser, we will detect that and move you to an HTML-only / basic version of the new Yahoo! Mail.
If you don’t know what version of Yahoo! Mail you are using, don’t worry. We’ll be contacting everyone using an older version with information about how to switch. And if you decide not to switch, we’ll make it easy for you to download and transfer your mail, or close your account.
We hope you enjoy the new Yahoo! Mail. We’ll keep you posted as we roll out more features.
By Lee Parry, Senior Director, Mobile & Emerging Products
With amazing displays, vibrant colors and lifelike images, tablets have changed the way we experience books, photos, movies and more. Yet email, something we do every day, has remained pretty much the same. We’ve been boxed in.
Today, we’re excited to introduce the Yahoo! Mail Apps for iPad and Android tablets – a full-screen experience that gets rid of the noise. There are no folders, no buttons, no tabs – just you and your mail – and you can easily flip through it like a magazine. We’ve designed Yahoo! Mail to take full advantage of the tablet making reading your email faster, easier and just a little bit more fun.
We’re also helping you clean up your inbox, so you can get to the email that matters most. With our new Mail apps, you can quickly select your messages, automatically group by sender, and with a swipe – delete, star, or move them all. We figured you probably didn’t need those expired coupons anyway.
We’re excited to build products that make our lives just a bit more exceptional every day. As always, we want your feedback, so please keep it coming… Thank you!
- Posted April 18th, 2013 at 6:00 am by HuongT
- Categories: All-New Mail, General, Mobile, New Stuff, Tips & Tutorials, Yahoo! Mail
By Lee Parry, Senior Director of Product Management, Yahoo!
This morning, we introduced the new Yahoo! Mail for iPad and Android tablets. As we set out to develop these apps, we wanted to take full advantage of the unique aspects of tablet devices, like the beautiful screens and intuitive gestures, while also making it easier and more fun for you to read and manage your email. Below are our tips for using a couple of our favorite new features.
Enjoy a lean-back, magazine-style experience when reading your email.
- Tap the full-screen button in the lower left corner of your message to expand it across the entire screen. If you want to reply, delete, file or star a message simply tap anywhere on the screen and Yahoo! Mail’s familiar icons will appear.
- To move to the next message on your iPad, simply swipe, as if you’re turning the page in a magazine.
- To flip through messages even faster, simply tap on the side of the screen to rapidly scan through your inbox.
Focus on the messages you care about most with a new feature that lets you easily sort by sender in Yahoo! Mail’s split-screen view.
- Select a message in your inbox on the left side of the screen by checking the box that appears with the email. You will then see that sender’s name appear on the right side of your screen.
- Swipe on the sender’s name and you will see Yahoo! Mail’s familiar icons appear to delete, file, star or mark as unread or spam.
- You’ll also see a plus sign that will indicate how many more messages you have from that sender. If you select that, it will pull all the messages from that sender and then you can star, delete or file them all at once. Just think – you can easily take control of your inbox with just a few taps.
We hope these new features make email on your tablet easy and enjoyable. Check them out and let us know what you think!
By Gaurav Mishra, Director of Product Management, Yahoo! Mail
Today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve integrated Dropbox into Yahoo! Mail. For those of you who don’t know Dropbox, it’s a central place where you can keep and share all your photos, documents and videos. By bringing Dropbox to Yahoo! Mail, it’ll now be easier for you to send, receive, share and manage your attachments.
If you already use Dropbox, you can get started right away. If you’re new to Dropbox, simply click on any attachment you receive in Yahoo! Mail, select ‘Save all to’, then ‘Save to Dropbox’, then follow the instructions to set up a new Dropbox account.
Saving to Dropbox
To save one or more files to Dropbox in Yahoo! Mail, open the attachment and click the ‘Save to Dropbox’ button. Save your file to the default Yahoo! Mail folder within Dropbox, or click ‘More Options’ to create and name a new Dropbox folder for your file.
Sharing from Dropbox
To send a new attachment from Dropbox in Yahoo! Mail, select the dropdown next to the paperclip icon in Yahoo! Mail and select ‘Share from Dropbox’. The Dropbox Chooser will pop up so you can select the files you want to share then see them automatically appear as attachments within the email you’re composing.
And if you need to send a large file (>25MB), you can simply drag and drop the attachment into your email, but send it through Dropbox.
Our integration with Dropbox is available globally starting today in Yahoo! Mail for Web in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Check it out and let us know what you think!
- Posted February 11th, 2013 at 10:00 am by HuongT
- Categories: General, Mac, Mobile, New Stuff, Tips & Tutorials, Yahoo! Mail
By Ash Sharma, Product Manager, Yahoo! Mail for Mobile
Like you, we often find ourselves checking email throughout the day while we’re on the go. If you’re using the new Yahoo! Mail app for iOS, here are a few tips to make it even easier for you to send and organize messages in Yahoo! Mail for iPhone.
Make sure you’ve got the latest version
We’ve issued a couple of updates to our iPhone app since December, so make sure you’re running the latest version of the app that’s available in the App Store.
Quickly delete a group of messages
We know that email can get unwieldy, so we give you several ways to keep it organized. To quickly delete a group of messages, tap the checkbox to the left of each message to select it and reveal a trash icon within the toolbar at the bottom of your screen. From there, you can delete messages individually, select all and delete, move messages to your personal folders, mark as spam, or change the status to read or unread.
Sometimes even legitimate emails can set off alerts that mark them as spam. To get those back, open the spam folder and tap the checkbox to the left of each message you want to keep. Select the Not Spam icon shown within the toolbar at the bottom of your screen.
Disable push notifications
Don’t need notifications for your Yahoo! Mail app? Turn off push notifications in your device’s Settings. While in Settings, go to the Notifications screen and tap on Yahoo! Mail. Here, you can change the Alert Style to “none.” You can also change the settings for sounds or the badge app icon.
If you’re facing intermittent issues, such as crashing, freezing, issues loading mail, etc., try resetting the app. To reset the app, sign in and go to the sidebar (the icon on the top left), then select Settings and Reset App.
If you have other questions or feedback, you can reach the Yahoo! Mail for iPhone team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for using Yahoo! Mail for iPhone– we look forward to bringing you more tips and features soon!
- Posted December 11th, 2012 at 6:00 am by HuongT
- Categories: All-New Mail, General, Mac, Mobile, New Stuff, Speed
By Vivek Sharma, GM, Yahoo! Mail & Messenger
The underlying premise of email is pretty simple. You read and send messages. It helps you stay connected with family, friends and people that matter to you.
Yet, somewhere along the way, email got a little complex. The number of features started to multiply and in many cases, they didn’t actually make you more productive.
Today, we’re taking a step towards bringing email back to its roots.
When it comes to email, you’ve told us you want three main things.
- You want it to be fast (We understand. We are busy too!)
- You want it to be easy. (Molecular physics is hard. Email shouldn’t be.)
- You want it to be available anywhere you are. (Places to go, people to see. Can email come too?)
Yahoo! Mail has been redesigned with all this in mind and today we’re rolling out four products – an upgraded Web mail experience, new apps for iPhone/iPod touch and Windows 8, and an upgraded app for Android.
Our new, native apps have been built for speed. You can easily scan your inbox and quickly triage – starring important messages that need follow-up, filing messages to folders and deleting unimportant ones – all from the inbox. With infinite scroll, you can quickly find emails from last month or even, last year.
We’ve also reduced steps to save you time. When you log into Yahoo! Mail on the Web, it’ll take you directly to your inbox. We’ve tweaked the underlying performance so it’s faster to compose and read messages. After you send a message, we now take you right back to the inbox. Collectively, that works out to 36 million minutes saved every day.
Improved mail search also helps you get things done faster. On the apps, you can search across your entire inbox. Web mail now has search auto-complete so you can quickly find the messages and people you’re looking for.
We’ve redesigned Yahoo! Mail so it’s easy for you to use. No frills. On Web mail, we’ve simplified and reduced the number of buttons – so you only see the ones you need.
Photos and attachments now appear at the top of your message. On iPhone and Android, you can easily attach photos directly from your camera roll, or take and send a photo from within Yahoo! Mail. There’s even a simple way to re-size photos, which is important if you’re keeping an eye on your data usage.
For Yahoo! Mail users on a Windows 8 device, we’ve created a familiar app that takes advantage of key Windows 8 features. Live Tiles show new messages arriving right from the Windows 8 Start screen. You can also use Yahoo! Mail in Snapped View or Fill View, keeping two apps open simultaneously to increase your productivity.
Increasingly, we’re all on the go and email is one of the key ways we stay connected. No matter what platform you’re on, you’ll have a consistent Yahoo! Mail experience. For big screens, the experience is optimized for composing messages and managing your inbox. For small screens, we have focused on providing an experience that lets you easily monitor and triage.
We’re committed to bringing email back to its essence. This is just the beginning and we hope you love it. Please continue to help us improve Yahoo! Mail by giving us your feedback.