Yahoo! Connects You to What Matters Most
Announces New Versions of Yahoo! Mail, Messenger and Search
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug 24, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Today Yahoo!Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) is advancing three of its most
popular global products as part of its vision to be the center of
people's online lives. Yahoo! has introduced a number of innovations to
Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger and is testing a new Yahoo! Search
results page, demonstrating a relentless commitment to deliver
personally relevant experiences. In addition, Yahoo! is creating a more
consistent look and feel with the introduction of a new universal header
that extends Search Assist to the search box on every Yahoo! page in the
"The evolution you see today reflects our focus on enabling people to
connect with what matters to them most," said Ari Balogh, Yahoo!
executive vice president of Products & Chief Technology Officer. "This
renewed focus on providing a more personally relevant online experience
began with our recent Yahoo! homepage launch and continues to come to
life across products like Mail, Messenger and Search - with much more to
Yahoo! Mail Lets You Do More - Anytime, Anywhere
People can now do more, share more and stay better connected from their
inbox, saving time and the need to visit multiple websites to get things
done.The Yahoo! Mail enhancements are a key milestone in the
Yahoo! Open Strategy (Y!OS), further extending social and open features
to people worldwide. New features include:
- Streamlined Design - A new Application Box that people can
personalize to fit their needs combines Calendar, Notepad and
third-party apps, providing a cleaner, more streamlined inbox and
making it easier to manage e-mail folders (available in New Yahoo!
- Useful Apps - Adding to the portfolio of third-party apps
available, a new Evite app launching next month will let people easily
create and send Evite invitations, check on the status of events and
add them to their Yahoo! Calendar directly from their inbox. The
growing list of apps, which also includes Flickr, PayPal, Picnik,
Xoopit and ZumoDrive, will be available worldwide in the coming months.
More details on all apps are available athttp://overview.mail.yahoo.com/applications
(available in New Yahoo! Mail).
- Enhanced Photo Sharing - New multi-select and drag-and-drop
functionality makes it dramatically easier to attach more photos to
e-mail, view thumbnail previews and rotate pictures (available in
New Yahoo! Mail).
- Increased Attachment Limits - With more people sharing and
receiving larger amounts of photos everyday, Yahoo! Mail has extended
the attachment limit for photos and files up to 25MB (up from 10MB)
(available in New Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Mail Classic).
- More Social Features - In the coming weeks, people worldwide
can take advantage of new social features to stay updated on what
friends and family are sharing online, including the ability to view
the most recent e-mails from contacts and receive birthday reminders.
Additionally, with an improved Yahoo! Contacts solution, people
automatically have current information whenever a contact changes
their name, e-mail address or phone number (available in New Yahoo!
Mail and Yahoo! Mail Classic).
- E-mail, On the Go - A new Yahoo! Mail experience for the mobile
phone makes it easier than ever for people to stay on top of their
e-mail with one-click access to check, compose, and search e-mail.
Additionally, support for downloading attachments such as Microsoft
Office documents, PDF files and photos has been added, as well as the
ability to access personal folders. Enhancements will be accessible on
more than 400 devices with HTML browsers by visiting m.yahoo.com,
beginning with the Safari browser today and additional devices planned
for September 1.
Yahoo! Messenger Keeps You in Closer Touch
Yahoo! Messenger 10 allows users to instantly communicate with friends
and family around the world through new interactive and social features.
- Video Calls - New high-quality video calling enables
full-screen, face-to-face chats at no cost, using the familiar and
easy-to-use Yahoo! Messenger environment.
- Updates Tab - A new tab helps people easily discover Updates
from friends and family, including status updates, recent Flickr
uploads, Yahoo! Buzz stories, Twitter updates and more.
- New Yahoo! Insider - Now customizable by zip code, this
re-designed welcome window provides Messenger users with easy access
to localized news and weather, Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Buzz and Yahoo!
- Language Selector - Catering to its popularity among a global
audience, Yahoo! Messenger now lets people choose from more than 16
languages without having to download a different version.
- Improved iPhone App - People can now receive messages from
Yahoo! Messenger contacts even when they are using a different app on
New Yahoo! SearchExperience Gives You Personally Relevant
Demonstrating its commitment to continued innovation in the search
experience, Yahoo! is testing a new search results page, aligned with
the design of the new Yahoo! homepage and aimed at making Web search
more personally relevant. The test, available randomly to millions
worldwide, delivers a differentiated search experience that lets people
better explore the things, people and websites that matter to them most.
New functionality being tested includes:
- Results Filtering Options - The page provides new tools for
refining search results including exploring related concepts,
displaying only results from popular Yahoo! and third-party sites, and
narrowing results by different types of content such as people, videos
and discussion forums.
- Intelligent Search Results - Enhanced assistance creates a more
personally relevant experience that better understands what people are
looking for based on prior searches. It is powered by search session
science that detects intent by looking at search behavior over time.
For example, a search for "Paris" followed by searches for "flights"
and "cheap hotels" helps Yahoo! Search understand that someone is
seeking travel-related content versus gossip about a Hollywood heiress.
- Easy Access to Search Controls - The new site provides quick
access to Search Scan/SafeSearch, which helps protect users from
viruses, spyware and search spam, and Search Pad, the personal
research assistant that lets people capture, organize, save and share
information they find while researching online.
- Search Assist Expansion - Yahoo!'s popular real-time query
suggestion engine, Search Assist, has been introduced to the search
box on every Yahoo! page in the U.S. with the launch of a new
universal header. This new header unifies key design and navigation
elements, with links to popular Yahoo! destinations such as My Yahoo!,
Finance, News, Sports, Mail and the Yahoo! homepage.
Yahoo! Inc. is a leading global consumer brand and one of the most
trafficked Internet destinations worldwide. Yahoo! is where millions of
people go every day to see what is happening with the people and things
that matter to them most. Yahoo! helps marketers reach that audience
with its unique and compelling advertiser proposition. Yahoo! is
headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, visit http://pressroom.yahoo.comor the company's blog, Yodel Anecdotal (http://yodel.yahoo.com).
Yahoo! and Yodel Anecdotal are the trademarks and/or registered
trademarks of Yahoo! Inc.
© 2009 Yahoo! Inc., All rights
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SOURCE: Yahoo! Inc.
Jason Khoury, 408-349-3435
Sheila Tran, 408-349-6455
Liz Clinkenbeard, 415-392-8282
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