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Getting Into The Yahoo Mail Beta

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Since this is Yahoo month (which is going quite nicely, btw) I decided I really wanted to get into the Yahoo Mail Beta and check it out, especially for the new RSS stuff that I’ve heard about (and seen over other people’s shoulders, but never used for more than a few minutes.)

I’ve been “applying” for the Yahoo Mail Beta program for three months (at least ever few weeks – whenever I think of it) and all I get back is a deafening silence.  I considered emailing a few friends at Yahoo; however, earlier today, Chris Wand sent me a cheat via HiveLive via the Google Operating System blog that tells you how to fool Yahoo to letting you immediately into the program.

The instructions follow:

  • log in to Yahoo Mail
  • click Options
  • select Account information from the left panel
  • select “Edit” Member Information
  • go to General Preferences -> Preferred Content
  • select Yahoo United Kingdom
  • click Finished
  • go to Yahoo Mail
  • you’ll see a page that says “It’s the New Yahoo! Mail Beta… and you’re invited.”
  • click on “Try Beta Now”.

Voila. 

After 10 minutes of playing around with it, I’m reminded of Oddpost.  The email is nice and snappy (although not as nice as Microsoft OWA.) I’m completely underwhelmed by the RSS stuff – while it’s nice that it’s incorporated into the email system and the online rendering is fine, it has virtually no functionality other than subscribe and view.  All the RSS feeds end up alphabetically in one folder, so if you have more than a dozen or so feeds it quickly becomes burdensome to deal with.  None of the normal things you’d expect, like OPML import/export are immediately obvious.  And – well – no advanced features of any sort.

However, it’s a huge improvement over the current version of Yahoo Mail – hopefully they’ll roll it out to the masses soon.  If not, you can always pretend you are from the UK.

  • http://andrewbfife.blogspot.com Andrew Fife

    Brad:
    i just don’t think the Outlook clone idea works well when you have to squeeze the space to accomodate ads. Sure it looks like Outlook but it doesn’t function as well. Also, when I tried the beta I realized that my webmail and clientbased mail expecations are different. I don’t really want OWA, I want Yahoo! Mail so I switched back after about 2 days. Also maybe I’m missing something but I think my.yahoo works great for my feeds so I don’t feel the need to get them in my email account when I can have a mail preview my.yahoo.
    -Andrew

  • http://www.themindofamoron.com Steve

    Thanks so much, I’ve been wondering how to get into the yahoo beta for a long while now, I look forward to playing with it.

    Steve

  • http://www.agileprogrammer.com/eightytwenty Gordon Weakliem

    I guess I was auto-migrated when I moved my Oddpost account. It is very much like Oddpost, bugs and all. I especially like the “Operation failed” message boxes that pop up when I’m deleting messages – it’s not clear what failed since the messages do go away. Is it me, or has the spam filtering on Yahoo taken a nosedive since the new beta started? It was never cutting-edge, but now it’s letting a lot more spam thru.

  • zheng

    I have SBC DSL and have been using Yahoo Mail for long time. About 2 months ago, I saw an option on the Yahoo Mail to try the new Yahoo Mail (I did not do anything special to get in:-). The new Yahoo Mail is a bit slow compared with Gmail. I got errors from time to time (complaining of authdentication failure). But in general, it works okay.

  • dante

    FYI, you can set your preferred content back to Yahoo United States, after following the aforementioned instructions, and you’ll still be beta-enabled.

  • shiva

    Thank you for the guidence.

    I am not successfull to get the yahoo beta.
    My browser not supported for that. I am using IE7.
    How can i get in ? any one plz guide me.

    Thanks in advance

  • http://blendingthemix.com Paul Fabretti

    I am lost now! The mail beta has been running in the UK for about 2 months now (I may even have blogged about my invitation!) yet is not out over there. Funny really!

    I also hae the Windows Live Mail beta or should I say “Windows Banner Advertising Homepage with a bit of email in the middle” Beta.

    I also have a way of getting into the Beta of this without an official invite – unless you guys already have it!

    Check out my blog for more details.

  • http://tachophobia.com Rick

    Thanks for the cheat. I love gmail but all my emails come from a gmail account and not my work account. Yahoo actually lets you send via a work POP mailserver.

    I also like that Yahoo allows me to just highligh a bunch of messages and click delete. Gmail makes me click a checkbox for all of them – it’s slower.

  • http://www.businessblogwire.com Easton Ellsworth

    Hot diggity! Thanks for this secret! I’m off to try out the new YMail.

  • Anuj

    Yahoo mail beta is loaded with lot more spam messages now. Everyday there are atleast 2-3 spam messages in Yahoo Beta inbox. It sucks to log in and find out there are 2 spam messages in yur inbox.

    -Anuj

  • Tigz

    OMG! Yahoo mail Beta SUCKS! Been enduring it for over a month AND I CAN’T STAND IT NO MORE! The damn advert at the side is lagging my pc so much it keeps thinking the server is not there. Switched back to good old basic, might be able to load my emails now inside of 2 minutes! YEEEEEHAAAAAAA!

  • http://www.rebeccalaing.ca/ Toronto Home For Sal

    Thank you for the guidence.

    I am not successfull to get the yahoo beta.
    My browser not supported for that. I am using IE7.
    How can i get in ? any one plz guide me.

    Thanks in advance

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