Yahoo's out with a new version of their mail client, one that the purple-clad firm claims is faster for users everywhere, better at search and spam filtering, and easily connected to send and receive updates from social networks.
The speed improvements are hard to quantify, as location, inbox size and other factors always play a role, but our own (admittedly light) Yahoo inbox seemed pretty snappy under the new beta. The default layout is more familiar from a desktop client standpoint than Gmail, which may appeal to some, and Yahoo's taken steps to preview media like YouTube videos, Picasa and Flickr slideshows, and other items right in the messages:
You can read up on all of Yahoo's improvements to the new platform at the link, or check out their video explainer:
Yahoo Mail's beta is free to use with a Yahoo account. If you've got a favourite new feature, or a request that's yet to be satisfied, tell us about it in the comments.