AT&T and Yahoo! Introduce Beta Test of Enhanced Yahoo! Mail
AT&T Yahoo! Mail Beta Provides Richer and More Dynamic Web Mail Experience
San Antonio, Texas, April 19, 2006, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO) today launched a beta test of a new version of Yahoo! Mail, the No. 1 Web mail service in the U.S. and around the world*, which is available to AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet and Dial subscribers. The AT&T Yahoo! Mail beta provides enhanced functionality such as drag-and-drop e-mail organization, message preview, and an integrated RSS reader that provides users with easy access to breaking news, blog entries and other feeds directly from Web mail. The AT&T Yahoo! Mail beta is available to a subset of AT&T Yahoo! Mail users today and will be available to all users in the coming months.
Like the current AT&T Yahoo! Mail experience, the new version is browser-based, making it universally accessible from any computer connected to the Internet, and there’s no need to download new software. The beta version the most significant enhancement to the AT&T Yahoo! Mail interface and user experience since AT&T Yahoo! Mail launched in 2001.
“This version is a significant enhancement to our already award-winning Web mail,” said Kieran Nolan, vice president of AT&T Broadband. “It’s a user-friendly upgrade that will make this popular application more powerful and more versatile, giving us another advantage over our competitors. It’s fast and easy to use — an experience we believe that customers will enjoy.”
“This beta version of AT&T Yahoo! Mail gives people a faster and more dynamic way to experience their e-mail, yet it continues to offer the same features they rely upon today: great anti-spam and virus protection and tons of storage; it’s all there,” said Ethan Diamond, director of Product Development, Yahoo! Mail. “We’re excited to give AT&T Yahoo! subscribers this new e-mail experience, and we look forward to the feedback as we continue the development process.”
Highlights of the beta version of AT&T Yahoo! Mail include increased speed and the following features:
* Fast and easy-to-use interface that functions like a desktop client application.
* Drag-and-drop message organization.
* Reading pane to view messages instantly.
* Comprehensive and speedy search of e-mail headers, bodies and attachments.
* Ability to view multiple e-mail at the same time, using tabbed navigation.
* Integrated RSS reader, providing access to breaking news, blog entries and other feeds directly in the Web mail experience.
* Automatic check and delivery of new mail.
* Keyboard shortcuts and right-click menus.
* Ability to scroll through all message headers in a folder, rather than page by page.
* Address autocomplete.
* Industry-leading protection against spam and viruses.
* Available on Firefox (Mac/Windows) and Internet Explorer (Windows only).
Integrated RSS Reader
The AT&T Yahoo! Mail beta offers users access to breaking news, blog entries, and other feeds directly in their Web mail experience through an easy-to-use integrated RSS reader. This feature brings together online content from an unlimited number of sources and makes it easy to forward select news clips and blog postings to friends and co-workers or to file them for future use.
AT&T Yahoo! Mail Beta users will have access to RSS feeds by clicking on the All RSS Feeds icon, which appears below the user’s e-mail folders. This automatically provides users with access to full posts — whether from their personalized My AT&T Yahoo! page, a selection of the most popular feeds or favorite feeds that they manually enter.
About the New AT&T
AT&T Inc. is one of the world’s largest telecommunications holding companies and is the largest in the United States. Operating globally under the AT&T brand, AT&T companies are recognized as the leading worldwide providers of IP-based communications services to business and as leading U.S. providers of high-speed DSL Internet, local and long distance voice, and directory publishing and advertising services. AT&T Inc. holds a 60 percent ownership interest in Cingular Wireless, which is the No. 1 U.S. wireless services provider with more than 54 million wireless customers. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and AT&T products and services is available at www.att.com.
About Yahoo! Mail
Launched in October 1997, Yahoo! Mail is one of the Web’s largest, most popular free e-mail provider. Yahoo! Mail helps people stay in touch at home, at work, or while traveling for business or pleasure, and is available in 21 languages. Yahoo! Mail is fully integrated with Yahoo!’s many other popular services to make it easy to access all the Internet services people need. Yahoo! Mail has recently received Editors’ Choice awards from both PC Magazine and CNET.
Yahoo! Inc. is a leading global internet brand and one of the most trafficked Internet destinations worldwide. Yahoo! seeks to provide online products and services essential to users’ lives, and offers a full range of tools and marketing solutions for businesses to connect with Internet users around the world. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.
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*According to Comscore Media Metrix, March 2006 and February 2006.
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