Yahoo has finally released its much anticipated Mail beta to all users, reports Richard MacManus. The new mail site is chock full of AJAX, and includes tabs within the interface, letting you switch between the inbox, multiple messages, multiple compose windows, all in one page, all without reloading anything. They also bring an integrated calendar, drag and drop email organization, message previews and RSS reading. The tabs look like the killer feature, one that will likely win over a lot of users (and stem the slow gains Gmail has been having).
My wife uses Windows Live Mail, the coming update to Hotmail, and it looks great, although not as advanced as Yahoo Mail does. As unbelievable as it may seem, Gmail is strictly in third place at this point. Is Google planning a major feature dump before Gmail leaves beta, or is the Gmail we see now the one that’ll still be around a few years from now? If Google believes what they’ve got so far is enough, they’ve got another thing coming.
Richard, who has a podcast interview with Y!Mail’s director, also has some great screenshots. They’re on Flickr, so I’m sharing them:
Look at those tabs: