Back in October Yahoo unveiled a major redesign of Yahoo Mail, its free email service that has over 100 million daily users. Tabs was a feature that was removed in the redesign, because according to the company, tabs confused the users who found them difficult to manage if multiple tabs were opened at any given point in time. So to make multitasking easier, Yahoo replaced them with a Recent view which makes jumping between emails, drafts and search results much more easy. However, Yahoo just published a blog post announcing that tabs have been brought back from the dead, and that they’re a bit smarter this time.
To turn on tabs, Yahoo Mail users need to go to View, Multitasking and click on Tabs. Emails being composed, calendar, contacts and emails being read will all be shown as individual tabs, double clicking on an email in preview pane will open it in a new tab. In the tabs menu, there’s a new option called Preview All which lets Yahoo Mail users see all of the tabs open in grid view which is reminiscent of Apple Exposé. Users now have the option to stick with Recent view if they never liked tabs in the first place, or they can get smarter tabs if they missed them when Yahoo took away tabs.