After the important update from Yahoo! ´s mail platform, which was developed to do a makeover on the decayed image of the company, Yahoo! Messenger has been the next on receiving an important and substantial change, although in the same way it was done with the email platform, it has done it starting from an existing and familiar idea, opting on the known things to be able to recover general trust.
To begin with, Yahoo! Messenger on its web version has opted for the Whatsapp chat design for local computers, which many of us already know it consists on a conversation list persistent bar to the left, and the selected conversation remains on the right. Of course, all the found elements are designed with Yahoo! ´s visual language, but its great resemblance is undeniable in comparison to Whatsapp Web platform.
Accessing Yahoo! Messenger is possible from the email platform and through URL
It is possible to access Yahoo! Messenger from the Yahoo! ´s email platform. So, when we access it we will see a direct link on the left side of the screen, which is the designated area to access the personalization menu and the settings.
Therefore, in order to access you just have to click on the Yahoo Messenger icon that is located on the left side, along with other icons related with different Yahoo! services. However, keep in mind that by clicking it you will be redirect to a new portal where the platform will be loaded.
Nonetheless, not only by this method Yahoo! Messenger can be accessed, but also it can be entered through URL. In so, the Yahoo! Messenger web address online is messenger.yahoo.com, which can be written directly on the address bar of the preferred browser, in order to access the platform.
Also, another important fact is if Yahoo! Messenger detects that you are accessing it from mobile browser as cellphones, the program will not be loaded and instead it will show you links in order to download the mobile platform regarding your device, since now the mobile platform is preferred as application, completely independent of the new platform for computers.
A known environment when accessing Yahoo! Messenger
Yahoo! Messenger has opted for an old known design, which is an almost identical interface from Whatsapp Web, having all the conversations on the left side and the selected conversation on the right side. To start a conversation, you just have to select the contact of the list on the left, opening a new one automatically.
If the required contact is not on the list, it is only needed to click on the pencil over located on the top of the conversation list, in order to select the contact of interest and with it, to start the conversation.
On another topic, contacts for Yahoo! Messenger are limited to their domain, that is to say, you cannot chat with people who have accounts or associated numbers to foreign services. However, you certainly can invite them to join Yahoo Messenger service. At the beginning, you will find a list of people to invite joining Yahoo! Messenger on the conversation section, which will be substituted gradually with the conversation you are creating.
So, to invite one person you just have to click on the send button that appears on the side of your potential contacts to use the service. In fact, you can write them and the messages will be delivered when these people join Yahoo! Messenger service.
A chatting space with recognizable elements too
The conversation space is also identical to the one in Whatsapp Web, although it is limited on options like sending images, files, emoticons and gifs. Unfortunately, voice notes are not available right now on Yahoo! Messenger platform.
Now, in order to send a file or image you have to click on the referent icon; the system will open a window for you to select the file you wish to send.
In the same way, to send an emoticon you have to click on the referent icon; the platform will open a window with hundreds of them for you to choose, along with other sections with emoticons performing different actions.
To send a gif, you have to click on the referent button so an emergent window is opened, where you can find the desired gif through key words, and you will be able to send them to your contacts.
Also, the platform is capable of working on small screens, adapting to them thanks to a responsive design, which will show a double interface on wide screens and one window interface with squared screens.
On the conversations, you will notice that you can create group conversations; on the top of every one of them you will see an icon that allows you adding other contacts to that conversation in particular, making it into a group conversation.
In order to do this, you just have to click on the “create group” button that is on the top of the conversation.
A name must be assigned to the group.
Then, a list of contacts will appear on the screen; select the desired contacts and add them to the group.
Yahoo! Mail is experiencing one of the biggest and more important renovations in its entire history, and not necessarily being a deep renovation on its functioning, but quite important due to the current condition of the service, where a makeover is really more than urgent.
So, Ymail faces a situation where it needs to modernize itself, and the new released interface a few days ago provides that makeover many of us were expecting for, and wanting the presence of functionalities and personalization like the ones on the direct competition.
Because of that, many functions have been implemented on the new version, which is possible to activate on our personal account and it substitutes the old interactive mode for good, offering quite more intuitive personalization options, clearer functions and a right minimalistic formula.
A quite integral viewing central component
Now, the central element of the new design Yahoo! Mail is more adaptable, it is about a space that manages functions beyond showing an email list on the inbox, or showing the content regarding any email we have opened.
In details, with the dual viewing integration, tab mode and attachments viewer, this component has become subtly a protagonist. Therefore, functions are carried out according to the selected option.
In the same way, to view the elements interactively the viewing modes must be activated from the configuration menu. In so, as predetermined mode the email list is shown and when we click on a specific email, the whole content is opened on the entire central component.
Also, when the viewing option is activated to the right from the personalization options, the central component will be divided into two parts; to the left, the email list will remain shown and visible, while to the right its content will be opened.
On the other hand, when the vertical viewing option is activated, the email list will remain on the top, and on the bottom will be shown the corresponding content of the selected email.
A contextual function bar
Continuing, the central component is accompanied by a function bar that has the purpose to show different options, which can be interacted with the displayed elements. For example, on the inbox visualization or any other mailbox, the available options along with archiving, erasing, Spam selection, among others.
Also, inside an email the available options are to reply, resend, reply all, save and others. And, on the photo and document viewing it shows the easy option to manage, although it is hoped the number of functions grow regarding this last two important contexts.
Like this, to interact with these elements you have to make sure you are on the proper context, in order to be able accessing options like save, move, mark as Spam, mark as unread, mark as read, stand out, mark removal and see message without format, you must be on the inbox or in a smart view.
In the same order of ideas, options like save, move, mark as Spam, mark as unread, mark as read, stand out, mark removal and see message without format are available as well, when you visualize an email, since if you access at least one you will be able to use these functions, which are applied to the email you chose in first place. Along with this options, you will also see the reply, reply this, reply all and forward to other address functions.
On top of the contextual function, it will appear the visualization tabs that can be activated from the viewing properties. For example, one of the useful things these tabs allow is the possibility to open a big amount of emails, which are placed in an organized way to visualize them one at the time.
Thus, to enjoy this option the “message viewing” must be activated from the personalization settings. Therefore, this option is recommended to visualize content on small screen or with low resolutions.
Additional Yahoo! Services also have their place
To begin with, Yahoo Messenger is a forgotten Yahoo! Service that does not end up completely abandoned, since it has managed to have a place on the interface to promote its use a little more.
When you click on the icon, you will be taken to a specific web site to complete a registration.
In more details, the service can be used to contact other people in Yahoo! that perfectly can be contacts you send emails frequently. In fact, Yahoo! Messenger could be a valid alternative to compete with Skype, which so many importance has achieved on the productive and business sector.
Nonetheless, for the moment the contact icon will lead you to the old Yahoo! Mail version, so you can edit or erase saved contact. Also, something similar occurs with the Gmail contact application, in that way being an existing situation even on the biggest companies of the internet.
Similarly, the calendar leads you to the calendar application from the old Yahoo! Mail version, which we hope it will get updated soon. Nonetheless, if you already knew adding events on the calendar, you are going to find this entirely familiar, if not, what you must do is to interact with the application to add events to every hour of every day of the week of interest.
It is hoped that missing elements also receive a definitive makeover, and with it we can leave behind the bad experience with Ymail, coming back great service.
Yahoo! Is one of the main and most experienced email platforms in comparison to its competitors, although at present time it is facing a crisis that it may overcome very soon, thanks to the new perspective it has been willing to do with its services.
Since, Yahoo! Mail is in the seeds of its rebirth thanks to a recently renew implemented interface, which is scaling on the Yahoo! User accounts who still are faithful to its services.
In detail, one of the most important changes has been regarding the general interface reinvention, which is now more minimalistic and clearer if we compare it with its previous version. In fact, a great benefit is that this new interface can be personalized greatly and in a simpler way.
Personalization at the click of just one button
To begin with, in order to personalize Yahoo! Mail interface you to have to click on the setting button that is located on the right side of the screen, along with Yahoo Messenger, contacts and calendar buttons. So, this button will show personalization parameters among which definitely stand out color and other personalized areas with your selection.
Of course, not only the colors can be personalized on the new interface, but other aspects like element distribution, mail sample design as visualization mode, and if it is wished use tab mode as well.
In the same way, you can select the mailbox spacing option right underneath the selection of color personalization areas in the interface. For example, available options are small, medium and large, which can be selected to take advantage of visualization screen size.
In another way, message design options allow to get message visualization on the side or underneath mailbox. Like this, this is useful if the visualized screen resolution is too wide or too long, being able to take advantage the most of it. However, if the resolution is too low message tab option is more useful, though.
In so, to activate this modifications you have to select one out of the three options in the message design area. Thus, options available are: No Preview Panel, Show Message to the Right and Show Message on the Bottom. Also, message tab option is a switch just underneath the available choices.
A more functional searching panel and user management
Continuing, the top bar regarding the whole interface has been simplified, having the same elements found on the older version, but it is shown in a simpler way now. So, the searching bar is now programmed to deliver priority on finding existing primary elements on the email.
In order to be able to use this searching bar, think about and write key words on what it is required and then click the searching button. On the other hand, if what you wish to search have some particular qualities, you can click on the complementary button with the pointing down arrow icon, in order to open the advanced searching options.
On another subject, account management options are now located to the right top of the screen. In details, management consists on: the user button, an access button directing other Yahoo! Services and a start button, which leads to Yahoo!´s home page.
In that way, to manage the accounts you just have to click the button with the user name on it, and then an emergent icon will appear to show information about the account with the logged session and options to add other several Yahoo! Accounts. In the same way, the session can be logged out from this option.
In order to access other Yahoo! Services as Yahoo! Sports or Yahoo! Finance, you have to click on the service button that opens an emerging menu, with links leading all these services. In so, to click on any of them will make you leave YMail, although the session will not be logged out.
An access area to smarter files
The left panel has always been the one with access to predetermine email folders. In fact, the previous version of Yahoo Mail already combined smart folders with predetermine folders, but this time this function has been taken to a whole new level.
Regarding this, besides these links to smart folder other links are showed to visualize images only and attached documents that are contained on the emails, and last, there are the links to created folders in order to organize emails to own criteria, resulting on more neat and clean aspect.
Therefore, in order to use these functions it is just required clicking on the link of interest, if it is about an smart filter it will show email belonging only its corresponding definition, clicking on documents or images views and email visualization area will start loading a gallery, which will give access to multimedia elements such as photos, videos and others.
Of course, personalized folders can be modified at own will and if you want to hide them for personal preference, you can click on Hide, being this option reversible, as well.
Yahoo! goes on the right way, although it has to use the strategy on taking characteristics already invented by its competitors, but in this case it is a way to be able to modernize itself and become a competitive online email client.