Review of Yahoo Mail for Windows 8, Windows 10

By: John Nedelcu
3 minute read
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Yahoo! Mail is without a doubt one of the best and most used Internet email services around. Thousands of users worldwide are grateful for its services and thanks to its ease of use and simple, but beautiful user interface. And now, it has finally arrived on the Windows 8, Windows 10 platform – hooray!

Also, Yahoo! provides top notch services, and in the Internet email competition, it is Google’s top competitor, offering a wide variety of services and features. One thing I used to hate in Windows 8, Windows 10 was the email client. I can’t say why for sure, but I just didn’t like it, and those that shared my opinion are now happy to know that Yahoo! Mail is available for Windows 10, Windows 8.

Even with the appearance of Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Yahoo! Mail remains equally awesome!

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Yahoo! retains its simplicity in the new OS

Although similar to the Windows 10, Windows 8 default email client, I found Yahoo! Mail to much more reliable and its interface much more user friendly, allowing users to quickly check their mail and do all the usual tasks that they would do on the browser version.

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The app has three regions: Inbox and folders, Email list and content of email. When you click on a mail, it opened it in the third part of the screen, and above you have all the different options that you would expect:

  • Reply
  • Forward
  • Delete
  • Move
  • Mark as Spam
  • Compose

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Also, when composing a message, the screen is also split into two areas: Destination and Body. You have the option of attaching files from your computer, saving the email as draft and adding/modifying your signature. All these features are very well placed in the app, making it a very productive and fun to use app.

To search your mail, you use the Search option in the Charms bar, and, despite my hatred for this item, in Yahoo! Mail, it proves quite useful. Also from here you can modify the settings of the app.

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What I dislike about Yahoo! Mail is the fact that it does not have support for multiple accounts, the layout cannot be changed or modified and when viewing attached images in the mail itself, they look out of place and not well centered, for a better view, you can open them in full screen and view them in the image viewer, but this will leave the app. Also and it does not support filtering emails that have attachments. Although not major, this issues are present, and I hope that the Yahoo! developers are trying to sort them out.

Maybe for the moment, Yahoo! Mail for Windows 10, Windows 8 is not perfect, lacking some features, but it comes a definite upgrade over the default Windows 10, Windows 8 email app, and I recommend it for every user of Yahoo! Mail.

Update – Yahoo Mail app pulled out from the Store

Yahoo has discontinued the Mail app for Windows 8, 8.1 devices in 2014. That may be because of the security breach Yahoo! has back then. Shortly after, Yahoo! released Mail app for Windows 10. That one didn’t last too long : in May, 2017, it was discontinued as well. The users with the app installed on their devices can still read their mails, but we recommend to use the browser version of Yahoo! Mail.

Email client alternatives for your Windows 10 computer

If you want to test a different email client, you should know that there are plenty of alternatives that you can choose from. We already compiled a list of the best email clients that you can use on Windows 10.

There are also quite a few decentralized email services out there that use blockchain technology to send, deliver and store messages. However, many of these tools are still work in progress — after all,  they do rely on a relatively new technology.

Keeping your emails safe from malware, hackers and other cyber threats is very important. For this reason, we recommend that you install an email encryption software and anti-spam tool as well to protect your emails.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December, 2012 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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