Let us face it: We hate passwords, they are an inconvenience especially if you have to memorize them and everytime you input them incorrectly, you have to start all over again. This has necessitated the need for services like password managers and a good example is LastPass. Yahoo has found a solution for this with a new feature for Yahoo Mail: Account Key, among other slew of improvements for their almost 18 year old emailing service. If you still use Yahoomail, you will love this.
Yahoo says that Account Key uses push notifications to provide a fast and secure way for you to access your Yahoo accounts from your smartphone. What that means is that when you are logging in on your Yahoo Mail, you will get a push notification asking you if you wish to proceed. Clicking the tick button allows you to log in seamlessly to your Yahoo Mail which is great.
This is not the only improvement they have made in the new update for the Yahoo Mail app. The other significant updates for mobile and desktop include:
- Claims that the new update makes the app snappier than before.
- Several changes in the UI where you will be able to see photos from senders, avatars can now be replaced with a “colourful letter or grey icon”; swiping an email right to mark it as either read or unread or swiping left to delete it; long press to move or delete multiple emails and reading news in Yahoo mail by tapping the Yahoo News icon at the top.
- Improved search that makes smart suggestions across messages and attachments when you search using keywords or by the most common method people use to search in mail: By the sender.
- Just like in the previous desktop update, you can be able to attach photos and videos easier where you just click on the + button that opens a column on the right which displays the content you want to attach.
- Integration with other email services (Outlook, Hotmail and AOL) that will still use Yahoo Mail’s features like the new search. Gmail integration is conspicuously missing and it would be great if they added that in the future.
The new update has been rolled out to the iOS and Android apps to all users globally but in the case of managing multiple mailboxes on desktop is only available in the US. You can check out the video illustration of the new changes below: