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Web Mail 5.16 released May 30 - 05/30/07

From: Email Guy
Subject:       Web Mail 5.16 released May 30
Date: May 30, 2007 3:33 AM
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This morning in the wee hours we released Web Mail 5.16. This release has two main changes:

  1. We moved the ad banner to a position that improves the usability of Web Mail. Instead of being across the top of the screen as it has been up until now, we moved it to a vertical location down the right margin. This allows your Inbox to start at the top of the page and reclaim that vertical space. We also made sure that the Inbox view (and every other view) has a minimum width that the banner must be outside of, so that users with a small display resolution like 800x600 will have at least the same amount of usable horizontal space as they did before, but now their content isn't pushed down off the page vertically. We still have about 15% of our users running 800x600 display sizes, so this should be a very welcome change for those users especially. And we believe all users will benefit from the change regardless of display size.

    Yes I know many users would love to see the ads go away completely (see the FAQ), but this change helps make them less intrusive for most users.

  2. The "Sign-Out" link will now log you out of Web Mail just like always, but then load your myEarthLink page automatically, instead of going back to the Web Mail login page. I don't think many users got a benefit from going back to the login page, other than a visual confirmation that you had signed out. Now you'll get your customized myEarthLink page automatically after you're logged out, and you can use the handy Email Preview there to see when you have new messages and click back over to Web Mail. And if you are one who simply closes the browser when finished with Web Mail, that will still log you out too, just like it always has.

We're following this release immediately with final testing on some very important bug fixes that we're all looking forward to, and those should go out within 2-3 weeks. That build fixes the forwarding of attachments (and as a related bonus I'm told this also fixes some other troublesome MIME types that haven't worked quite right), fixes the spell-checker problem, fixes some issues with the Address Book import, and has some other welcome improvements. I'll provide a full list when we do the release.

I'll be posting an update soon on our new Web Mail 6.0 progress too, which includes many improvements throughout the application. You can see the early preview that I posted a couple of months ago in the Plans section. My next update will give some more detail for your feedback.


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Posted by: Grant Jeffers   |   June 6, 2007 9:48 PM    |   (101)

Add me to the list of those who do not want to be redirected to "myEarthlink" or anywhere else for that matter upon logout from the webmail service. Please create an "opt out" procedure somewhere in my account controls.

If the decision to force me to look at extra ads was made by Marketing, please let them know that I am already seeking a cleaner webmail provider. I've been with Earthlink since the beginning (early nineties, anyway), but this just might be the issue that drives me away once and for all.

Posted by: Dr. Jessup   |   June 8, 2007 6:41 AM    |   (102)

How do I get the sign out to just go to the confirm sign out page as it used to? I do NOT want to go to myEarthlink which is not useful to me. Want to be able to go directly to other more relevant URLs. Please provide instructions for setting that preference.

Posted by: Larry Black   |   June 8, 2007 11:32 AM    |   (103)

Since I and everyone I know has more than one email address provided by Earthlink, it is very inconvenient for the logout to redirect us back to the myEarthlink page. It was better the way it was. Please put it back.

Posted by: dac830   |   June 15, 2007 11:44 AM    |   (104)

RE: Web Mail 5.16 released May 30

For whatever its worth, I LIKE the new location for the ads, blinking or not, on the right side of my screen... I found the ads at the top, blinking or otherwise, rather irritating... My email subject lines aren't truncated because I keep my folder tree collapsed...

How about a location option? Sure, it would be nice to be ad free, but in the real world, not too likely. But if we can pick WHERE the ads appear... top, bottom or on the right, that would allow for choices... I'm all for choices...

Also I like the return to the start page... as opposed to the web mail log in page... works for me...

I don't care all that much for the "New" start page... hope the work on that is still ongoing... I like my old start page...


Posted by: steve   |   June 22, 2007 9:21 AM    |   (105)

returning to the log in page is a requirement. the changes you have made have resulted in minutes to access the web mail site and to log in vice secinds before. returning to your awful earthlink page requires waiting again to get to the log in page to access other addresses. really bad change fix it

Posted by: Doreen Manno   |   July 13, 2007 5:57 PM    |   (106)

I don't like the ad on the side because the arrow on the laptop is sensitve and if I go over it, the ad pops up and up pops the dumb ad. I don't like ads that is why I have pop-up blocker ON. cheez. and the new page for my web mail is not something I asked for. Who asked for it?

Posted by: Will   |   August 6, 2007 6:35 PM    |   (107)

I find this new redirect "feature" annoying and absolutely useless. Like a substantial percentage of subscribers, I have no use for the myEarthlink start page- none whatsoever- and would appreciate being redirected back to the WebMail login screen as before.

As for ads, it's irritating to pay for a service and then be subjected to advertising- thank God for FF Adblock.


Posted by: Dominick M.Monti   |   October 18, 2007 10:21 AM    |   (108)

I regret to comment the fact that your email program still lacks of improvement ,specifically your "Draft "folder which is clearly not designed to store files to be sent out at a later date and also files exceeding determined capacity.


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