Yahoo! on Wednesday announced the start of a new beta version of its
service. The new beta is getting into the hands of a limited group of users in the United States now; Yahoo! plans to broaden the beta to Yahoo! Mail users worldwide in the coming months.
Yahoo! bills the changes to Yahoo! Mail as the most significant enhancement to its service since it debuted in 1997. Yahoo! Mail provides Yahoo! users with free Web-based e-mail access.
The new browser-based e-mail client touts new features like drag and drop message organization, a reading pane that instantly views messages, fast e-mail header, body and attachment search, ability to view multiple e-mails simultaneously, keyboard shortcuts, address autocomplete and many other new features. More details
are available online. There’s a link on that page where Yahoo! Mail users can request to be added to the beta test as well.
The new features have been created thanks to the use of technologies including DHTML, XML and SOAP, according to Yahoo. The Yahoo! Mail beta is supported on the Mac using The Mozilla Organization’s popular Firefox Web brwoser.