Yahoo is trying to make a comeback to the portal, search and email king that it once was. CEO Marissa Mayer has stated she intends to turn the company around from the ground up. The change has started with a complete redesign of their mail platforms. Microsoft has recently gone through a similar redesign with the Outlook.com roll out.
“This is a huge opportunity for us because we have the content and all the information people want on their phones…. We’re committed to making Yahoo! Mail everything you want and more, and this is just the beginning.”
“Email is the ultimate daily habit. It’s often the first thing we check in the morning and the last thing before going to bed. Why? Because it’s one of the simplest and most basic forms of communication. And since it’s such an important part of our daily lives, we’re making a few improvements to Yahoo! Mail.”
The blog post was closed out with a link to provide feedback and she encouraged users to use it so Yahoo can continue to improve.
Lets look at a few of the changes off a glance. Performance when loading the inbox and changing screens has been increased. Yahoo estimates it will save users 36 million combined minutes everyday on the new apps.
Push notifications have been added to the iOS version and the inbox will constantly refresh on its own when users are scrolling. There is no more need to load more or refresh manually when reaching the bottom of the page.
The camera photo roll is now easier to add photos as an attachment.
Universal search is now common across all versions and auto complete is included.
Windows 8 users can see live incoming messages on active Live Tiles.
This is the first of many changes the new CEO plans to put in place. All things D has reported the homepage will take on a radical new change to be “more Google like.” The screen grab preview offers a glance at the new design and it appears similar to the new Live Tiles for Windows 8. It reminds me of the home page of The Verge with updating information presented in somewhat of a block tile form.
Time will tell if the new apps are adopted with praise. It should not take much work as the previous apps were a definite sore spot for mobile users.