Yahoo! Mail - Free Email Service

Description of Yahoo! Email Service

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The Bottom Line

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, and 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.
  • 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).
  • All connections to Yahoo! Mail (through the web, via apps and through IMAP, POP and SMTP) are use encryption by default for security.
  • Paid Ad-Free Yahoo! Mail excludes advertisements.

Expert 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

Yahoo! Mail includes IMAP as well as POP access and can forward messages automatically. Thankfully, all connections are secured with encryption by default (which does not mean the emails themselves are on their way to Yahoo! Mail from their senders or to recipients, of course). 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 a 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).

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