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I have been a registered user to Yahoo! services for three years now, mainly it’s free web-based e-mail. I had first signed on with Yahoo! mail because I was leaving AOL, it was free and I didn’t have to download or configure any type of e-mail software. I was a newbie then, so it helped me a lot.
Yahoo! has made a lot of changes, and the most recent is to its e-mail. What I like best now is instead of having to wait for web-pages to load every time you wanted to check another folder you have made, or empty the trash, all you have to do is click on the + button by the FOLDERS link. Now you can access all your folders without having to switch back and forth between whole WebPages.
In shorter terms, Yahoo! mail is now in frames, a left side and a right side. I’m not a big fan of framing, sometimes it obstructs the view (and I’m not just talking about here at Yahoo! mail) and seeing all those separate scroll bars, do sometimes get annoying.
Yahoo! mail also has it’s own phonebook. I like this feature very much. Not only can you type in your friends or acquaintance names and e-mail addresses, but you can also add home and work addresses and phone numbers, birthdates, anniversaries, alternate e-mail addresses, personal and work websites as well as add any additional comments you may like to add. You can set up groups and to write an e-mail all you have to do is click on the e-mail address you were looking for. The Yahoo! mail compose window will automatically open up (in the same window). Another great thing with this address book is the ability to make free PC-to-phone calls by just clicking on any phone number you have listed. You have the choice of using deltathree.com or net2phone telephony applications. Deltathree is a lot like Dialpad, where you do NOT have to install any type of software, but with net2phone you have to download the software and then install it..
Another option you get with this address book is you can locate your friends’ address on a map, get driving direction, or even get businesses which are in the vicinity of your friends address. Clicking on your friends name will bring you to their CONTACT DETAIL and this is where you would chose which option you wish. While there you can choose a Y! greeting also if you wish.
You can also sign up for free faxes service with JFax through yahoo. They will give you a free number where you can be faxed. Since this service is free, you do not have the any choice over the phone number and you may indeed get a long distance phone number for others to fax to you (if they are using an ordinary fax machine and not a free fax service like Jfax). I had to send a few important faxes out and they have been received and you are notified by e-mail when the faxes are delivered. If you would like a local number for your faxes, you would have to pay, but I forgot how much. You can also receive free voicemail through the same company when you sign up. To receive faxes and voicemail through Jfax, you will have to download their software and install it.
Yahoo’s calendar is another service of Yahoo! that I use quite frequently. You can set certain dates/information on your calendar to be either private or public. You can also set your appointments, birthdays, etc. on a schedule to be repeated every day, once a week, once a month, once a year and so forth. You can set your calendar to notify you by e-mail of an appointment, or even, have your pager or cell phone contacted.
There is also the added feature of a notepad on Yahoo!, which is just what it states… I used it once. I really don’t have much to say about it. It’s something I really don't need.
On Yahoo’s homepage you can be informed of any incoming mail and you can even customize your homepage so you can just click on a link where you will be able to access all of Yahoo’s e-mail features, such as CHECK MAIL, COMPOSE MAIL, ADDRESS BOOK, CALENDAR and all of Yahoo’s other features.
Yahoo’s Instant Messenger is also interactive with Yahoo! e-mail as it alerts you whenever you get mail. You can either click OK or GO TO YAHOO MAIL to check your mail right away. When it informs you, it also lets you know from where the e-mail is coming from if you have that option checked when you set your prefrences.
I use several e-mail services for different reasons, but Yahoo! is my e-mail address of choice. This is where all my friends write me and all my important e-mail is sent to. I have never experienced a problem of downtime, spamming, or any other type of negative service with Yahoo!…