Yahoo! Mail finally gets free email forwarding, free POP access, 200 filters and free disposable email addresses. The new Yahoo! email features are part of the 16th birthday celebrations, which has finally made Yahoo! make the most essential features free like POP access and free mail forwarding.
While Gmail has these features since the very beginning, Yahoo! came out with these features too late, when millions of its users have already shifted to Gmail.
New Yahoo! Mail
The new Yahoo! mail incarnation also has some standard Gmail features built in like Conversations, which clubs to and fro messages from an email discussion together. While this has been a major feature of Gmail, Yahoo made this live now. Also for the storage space hungry users, they are now offering 1TB space to all! With 200 filters and disposable email addresses, Yahoo Mail is headed the right way.
Also get new beautiful themes using Flickr images or solid colors. I logged into Yahoo! mail after a long time (last time was when Yahoo! was going to recycle my email account!) and in fact really love the new Yahoo! Mail experience - it is really super fast, clean and vibrant. I might actually use it now, though I have been considering auto-forwarding emails for a long time.
Free Mail Forwarding / POP
I have been a Yahoo Mail Plus user for a long time and by spending $19.99, I used to forward my Yahoo! Mail to Gmail, as this was not a free feature. Removing ads was a secondary benefit with that, and they also promised better spam filters! There is no doubt I still got better spam control with Gmail.
The feature is still not easy to find and I had to spend a good 10 minutes clicking all settings before I could find it. Go to Settings > Accounts > Yahoo Account > Edit and you fill find the auto-forwarding options
You can also take advantage of the new free POP access which allows you to configure POP clients like Thunderbird and Outlook to download email offline from Yahoo! Mail
What happened to Premium Yahoo Mail Plus?
They have transitioned it into Ad Free Mail – so for $49.99 / year – it will remove ads and never let your account expire. The earlier Yahoo Mail Plus users can continue to get the new Ad Free Mail for $19.99 / year at the earlier rate. They transformed the New Flickr in a similar way earlier.
After giving try to Ymail.com addresses and Yahoo dot email addresses – Now I can reactivate usage of ALL my older Yahoo Mail accounts and forward them to a single account. I did this for Gmail years back, but now it seems possible in Yahoo! too. I love the new interface and Yahoo might actually convince people to get using Yahoo mail again. What are your thoughts?