First Look: Yahoo Mail Beta

December 9, 2005

I just tried out Yahoo Mail's new interface. It's chock-full of AJAX components and functionality: It tries to emulate the traditional desktop application, particularly an email client in the mold of Outlook or Mozilla Tunderbird.

Here are some features I got to use:

  • Keyboard short-cuts/functionality
  • Dynamic frame/window resizing
  • Item selection similar to a desk-top application

I'm sure there are more functions left to be discovered and dy only beef is the big advert a the right side of the interface.

Thus far, Yahoo Mail and its competitor, Google's Gmail, are the some of the few web applications that are showing the way in terms of providing a fluid web experience. (Although from a visual design perspective, Yahoo Mail gets the nod.)

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