Posted by: Rob Hof on September 14, 2006
Even more, I wish I could get to it. I was overjoyed a few weeks ago when I was accepted as a beta user on Yahoo’s new email service, which sports more flexible, desktop email-like features like dragging and dropping messages into folders. Now, it’s opening up to the general public, though as Liz Gannes at GigaOm points out, not very publicly. The folks at TechCrunch, as well as Richard MacManus at Read/Write Web, seem to like it.
The last couple of days, though, I can’t log into the new service—that guy on the bouncing ball there, whom you can watch while you wait for the login to take, just keeps bouncing—so I’ve had to go back to the old one.
What’s funny is that I now find the old service a little less brittle than the new one, which despite its Ajax coolness had a considerable lag time to bring up messages or new folders at times, plus the scrolling through messages felt a little weird. Also, the new service didn’t let me control the look and feel as much. When I deleted a message, for instance, I’d get sent to the next message instead of back to my inbox, as I prefer, and I couldn’t find a way to change that. (Slight correction—I know there’s an option to do this, but it never worked on my beta version.)
I suspect I’ll stick with the new one, since it does have some advantages, and I assume it will gradually improve. That is, once I can get back into it.
Update: It’s working again! And despite my slight problems with it, the new service is definitely worth checking out.