Guide Review - Yahoo! Mail
Space, with Yahoo! Mail, is practically no issue: you can accumulate as much 1 TB (1,000 GB) of email data.
Organizing Mail in Yahoo! Mail
Of course, you'll want to organize all that mail. Yahoo! Mail offers folders (to which you can drag and drop messages) to hold and decent search (you can use a number of operators to specify senders or dates, for example, and have contacts completed for you) to find mail.
Unfortunately, search categories cannot be saved as smart folders—Yahoo! Mail does come with (up to 200) filters that automatically file incoming mail, though—and you cannot freely apply multiple labels to messages. You have to put emails into multiple folders for that kind of organization.
Speaking of filters and folders, Yahoo! Mail comes with solid but, alas, not stellar spam control. It could do better in that area. Of course, Yahoo! Mail scans for viruses and will protect you from web-bugs in unknown senders' messages.
Accessing Yahoo! Mail and Integration with Social Networks
While Yahoo! Mail includes POP access as well as automatic message forwarding, IMAP access is missing from all but mobile devices. Yahoo! Mail does integrate instant messaging (Yahoo!, Facebook and Windows Live Messenger) and SMS messages as well as certain social networks. You can read updates from Yahoo! and Facebook contacts as well as Twitter, for example, and share your thoughts with these networks, too, right from Yahoo! Mail.
On mobile devices, Yahoo! Mail offers a rich web-based application that allows for full archive and some offline search, for example. iPhone and Android devices get native applications with these features, contact integration, support for attachments, and more.
Practical Day to Day?
In day-to-day use, it is the details that make one love or loathe an email service, of course. Yahoo! Mail not only brings a sleek interface and drag-and-drop oomph but also keyboard shortcuts around its every corner and well-thought-out solutions to many a practical problem (such as addressing messages).
(Updated October 2013)