Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced in a blog post on Tuesday that the company has rolled out major improvements to Yahoo Mail, with an emphasis on getting through messages faster than ever.
“You’ve told us loud and clear that you want fewer distractions when it comes to email,” Mayer said. “You want to quickly login, communicate, and get on with your day. And we’ve listened. Starting today, the new Yahoo Mail is fast, easy and available anywhere you go. These improvements will be available on all major platforms: Web, Windows 8, iPhone/iPod touch and Android.”
Mayer said most mail users will start to see the latest web version of Yahoo Mail in the next few days.
The news doesn’t come as a complete surprise. Not only has Hotmail rolled out a new look this year, many suspected Mayer — who spent years at Google — sought to improve the Yahoo Mail experience since joining in July.
The web-based version touts a design with fewer buttons crowding the screen, search improvements and thumbnail previews of attachments that appear at the top of the messages. There’s also more space to view and compose emails.
“We’ve redesigned the new version of Yahoo Mail with speed in mind — getting through your emails is faster than ever before,” she added. “We’ve also made your inbox more intuitive and easier to navigate, allowing you to focus on what matters most: your messages. And, because mobile is everything these days, Yahoo Mail now has a consistent look and feel across devices.”
Yahoo Mail for iPhone will also include new features, such as the ability to select multiple messages and swipe to quickly delete, star, file or mark it as read. Infinite message scroll is also available, as well as the ability to attach pictures while composing a message.
Meanwhile, the Android app has been redesigned “for performance and battery life,” according to the company, and Windows 8 users can now see messages from the start screen to stay on top of everything.