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After a LONG wait, finally Yahoo showed me their much debated interface. I am disappointed and prompty switched back to the old interface.

It would have been probably acceptable, if I were not a paying customer (I am), or if it didn't precede with so much hype.

I really like GMail. If only Google stopped hyperlinking the last words of a sentence when not accompanied by a space. (If you skip the space after the period, GMail thinks it is an URL and hyperlinks it).

Someone asked to be specific about what I don't like in new Yahoo mail and not spread negative vibes unless I have reasons. So here we go:

What I don't like in 'drag-and-drop' Yahoo Mail
(As compared to GMail)

The search still sucks. Guys, if you are going to copy, copy from the best. I want search like GMail Search.

What's up with the "Loading Yahoo Mail" wait? Give me a break. I login to Yahoo mail 100 times a day, and waiting for it to load 100 times means you have wasted two hours of mine each day.

I don't want to clutter my address book with every Tom-Dick who sends me email (I get a LOT of mail), so why can't you drop down the nearest match as I start typing the email address (like GMail does)? Currently only those in address book are dropped down.

Why is "Search Web" box in my Mail account? It is confusing. If I want to search web, I go to the toolbar, don't I?

Drag and Drop is cool for only those organize the messages into folders. I don't, because many times I want one message to appear in multiple folders. GMail has solved this problem by use of labels.

(HTML) Frames are old technology. People didn't like them. The new Y!mail technically may not be using the frames, but they look and behave like frames. I hated them in Outlook and I hate them in Yahoo Mail.

Broken Back Button. Isn't that Web 101?

Overall Rating: 5/10. That's a failing grade.

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Thursday, December 15, 2005
Last Modified: 12/16/2005 2:57:50 PM

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