AT&T, Yahoo! Intro New Yahoo! Mail Beta

Membership does indeed have its privileges. AT&T and Yahoo! yesterday announced they were beta testing a new version of Yahoo! Mail through the two companies’ co-branded Internet services AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet and Dial. This beta will be available to all Yahoo! Mail users in general in the coming months.

The current Yahoo! Mail beta, said the two companies, offers up a number of new enhancements for AT&T Yahoo! users and is the most significant set of improvements since the service first went live in 2001. These new or enhanced features include drag-and-drop e-mail organization, message preview, an integrated RSS reader with access to breaking news, blog entries and other feeds directly from Web mail, the ability to view multiple e-mails at the same time via tabbed navigation, right-click menus and address auto complete.

“This version is a significant enhancement to our already award-winning Web mail,” said Kieran Nolan, vice president of AT&T Broadband, in a statement. “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, tons of storage, it’s all there,” added Ethan Diamond, director, product development, Yahoo! Mail. “We’re excited to give AT&T Yahoo! subscribers this new e-mail experience, and we look forward to receiving feedback as we continue the development process.”