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View Ignore the new version numberGeneral

From: Email Guy
Subject:       Ignore the new version number
Date: November 17, 2008 7:52 PM
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A couple of users have pointed out seeing the 6.0 version number at the bottom of the Web Mail page today. That's the only thing that changed, so don't look for the 6.0 features yet. They'll be obvious when we turn them on. Right now that code base is just running in production with all the new features turned off while we perfect them.

In a few weeks we'll be turning on the 6.0 features for a portion of our users to phase it in and get feedback, and then it will be enabled for all users after Christmas.

View Faster ads for dialup usersGeneral

From: Email Guy
Subject:       Faster ads for dialup users
Date: November 12, 2008 12:22 PM
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If you view Web Mail over a dialup connection, you may have noticed a change lately. For about a week now we've stopped serving graphical banner advertisements when the page is viewed over dialup, and replaced them with light-weight plain text ads. Right now this is a test, but it may lead to a permanent change.

We've debated the whole advertising issue in other threads on this blog already and I know lots of users wish they weren't there at all. But one common complaint from dialup users is that graphical ads slow things down. Even though we load them last after the page is visible and clickable, some users are still affected. So now these new ads are loading about 10 times faster than before. In our tests over dialup they only take a couple seconds, instead of the much longer time that some of the graphical banners would take.

If you're a dialup user and you have noticed a difference, I'd like your feedback. Please leave comments here. We'll also be running a formal survey in about another week, which will be linked from the login page and ask just a couple questions about the dialup experience. Please also participate in that and let us know what you think.

You should see something like this if you are on a dialup connection:


If you don't see text ads on dialup, we want to know that too.

The survey is up now, please click here to fill it out.