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Yahoo! Mail - Free Email Service


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Yahoo! Mail is your ubiquitous email program on the web, Windows 8 and mobile devices with unlimited storage, SMS texting, social networking and instant messaging to boot.
While Yahoo! Mail is generally a joy to use, free-form labeling and smart folders would be nice, and the spam filter could catch junk even more effectively.


  • Yahoo! Mail integrates email, instant messaging, social networks and SMS text messaging
  • Keyboard shortcuts, a desktop-like interface and attention to detail make Yahoo! Mail a joy to use
  • Yahoo! Mail comes with 1 TB online storage


  • Yahoo! Mail's spam filter could be more precise and its manual rules more flexible
  • You cannot label messages freely (and with multiple tags) or set up smart folders
  • Yahoo! Mail does not offer IMAP access for desktop email programs


  • Yahoo! Mail offers free email accounts with 1 TB online storage at the yahoo.com, ymail.com and rocketmail.com domains.
  • You can access Yahoo! Mail on the web, via POP and through IMAP (the latter using certain devices and email programs at least); you can also have mail at your Yahoo! Mail account forwarded to another email address.
  • In addition to email, you can send SMS texts and instant messages to Yahoo!, Facebook and Windows Live contacts.
  • Yahoo! Mail automatically collects junk emails in a "Spam" folder, and you can report unwanted emails the filter missed.
  • Disposable email addresses let you create—and delete again—throwaway addresses that deliver to your Yahoo! Mail account (only) as long as they are active.
  • Up to 200 filters automatically file incoming mail. You can also block email addresses and instant messaging contacts.
  • Yahoo! Mail allows you to collect mail from additional POP accounts, and you can send from their addresses using the web interface, too.
  • Acting as a social network, Yahoo! Mail lets you connect to Yahoo! and Facebook users, whose mail then gets extra treatment.
  • Virus scanning and Yahoo! Mail's not downloading remote images or other content in emails protects you from much online harm.
  • Keyboard shortcuts, drag and drop, tabs, address auto-completion and more lend Yahoo! Mail desktop-like qualities.
  • On mobile devices, Yahoo! Mail offers slick web-based or powerful native applications (available for Android and iPhone).
  • A Windows 8 app works much like the Windows 8 email program and sports new mail notifications on the Start screen.
  • Applications can expand Yahoo! Mail to let you edit pictures, for example, or send money and big files easily.
  • Paid Ad Free Yahoo! Mail excludes advertisements.

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