Google impressed the world with what they promised to be something that would revolutionize the way we perceive email today; an open source product that sets the grounds and opens the way for developers’ innovations. While we all sit here, waiting eagerly for the the launch of Google Wave later this year, Yahoo, as a part of it’s open strategy, have already launched its mail application platform.
Today, US Yahoo! Mail users enjoy the features of 11 applications that can be accessed directly from their own email inbox. There are 4 default applications that show automatically once you sign up to the service and another 7 available to add as you choose. Applications include photo and file sharing, Paypal’s money transfer and a WordPress publish option directly from your Yahoo inbox. I will list the whole set of the available applications at the end of this post.
But what does Yahoo introducing mail applications mean to Google?
The two platforms are open to developers’ innovations, and while Google Wave is revolutionary in its infrastructure, it is still not out there. Yahoo Mail Applications are ready and already out, in no time, third party developers will seize the chance and add to Yahoo mail users’ experience. Google shouldn’t also ignore the fact that Yahoo still enjoys the lead in the email market share – despite their superior g-mail experience – which in a way or another does give Yahoo an edge.
Both Yahoo and Google seem to realize that opening their email platforms would be their way to compete in the social networking arena. Using their email user-bases is not a bad approach to conquer areas that are only possible with platforms like Facebook and MySpace. Competition is good, it brings us – the users – revolutionary technologies! We want to hear your opinion, how much of a challenge do you think Yahoo! Mail Applications poses to the upcoming Google Wave?
List of available Yahoo! Mail Applications:
- My photos: See and share photos in Mail from attachments, Flickr, Picasa, and other photo-sharing sites.
- PayPal: Send money to and request it from friends and family around the world.
- Picnik: Fix, touch up, and add effects. It’s photo-editing awesomeness in your Inbox.
- ZumoDrive: Share files of up to 100MB from your Inbox.
- Family Journal: Build your family tree in Yahoo! Mail and start connecting with relatives today
- Flickr: Share your photos with friends and family using Yahoo! Mail.
- Movies: Share movie showtimes, trailers and reviews instantly from your inbox.
- Organizer: OtherInbox automatically finds all of the emails that aren’t from real people and organizes them into folders so that you can read them when you are ready. It’s like your own personal assistant!
- PhotoBucket: Photobucket is the premier site on the Internet for uploading, sharing, linking, and finding photos, videos, and graphics.
- WordPress: Publish to your blog and subscribe to everyone else’s right from Yahoo! Mail.
- Sending e-cards with the Yahoo! Greetings application is quick and easy.