Yahoo gives its Mail a facelift

Yahoo has begun beta testing its spanking new Mail service – and it’s lined up the crosshairs on Google’s GMail.We’ve had a brief play with the new ve

Yahoo has begun beta testing its spanking new Mail service – and it’s lined up the crosshairs on Google’s GMail.

We’ve had a brief play with the new version, and we’re impressed. The current interface was in need of a facelift, and there are plenty of much needed additions.

Rather than having an unmanageable mountain of mail, you can now drag-and-drop messages into different folders, and search them using keywords.

A preview pane means you don’t have to open up each message, and you can write and read multiple e-mails simultaneously using tabs.

The other big addition is an integrated RSS reader which lets you scroll headlines from your favourite sites – including Stuff, naturally – and click on the links.

It’s still free, of course, and works on Macs and Windows via Internet Explorer or our favourite pop-up advert destroying browser, Firefox.

There’s nothing that particularly sets it apart from Google GMail, though, which already offers all the same functionality for free, and Microsoft is beta testing its huge new Live service which will gather all of your e-mail, search and messenger activity under one web roof.

To sign up for the beta test, head over to its site here.