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Email isn’t exactly sexy but it’s still one of the most popular applications Yahoo (s yhoo) provides. Now, it’s getting a facelift to make it faster, easier to use and more consistent across platforms, said Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer in a blog post on Tuesday.
The upgrade includes an updated web Mail version, new apps for iPhone (s aapl) and Windows 8 (s msft) and an upgrade to the Android app (s goog). By cutting out navigation steps, reducing the number of available buttons and rearranging different elements, Yahoo is hoping to make Yahoo Mail more useful and efficient for people. Yahoo Mail is also now optimized for reading on the mobile apps and more writing and inbox management for bigger screens.
Here’s a look at some of the improvements:
- The inbox is better designed for triage, so users can file away, delete or act on emails faster. There’s infinite scrolling so the inbox is quicker to scan.
- Logging in brings you directly into the inbox now and there are speed improvements to make it faster to compose and read email. Search is also improved to with auto-complete for web Mail and universal search across for mobile apps.
- The number of button have been reduced on the mobile apps while the ability to view, send and resize photos has been simplified.
- For Windows 8 users, they can see new incoming messages via Live Tiles and can keep the Mail app open along with other apps using Snapped View or Fill View.
Users can download the iOS, Android and Windows 8 apps now while the web Mail app will be rolled out in the coming days to users.