Yahoo CEO unveils new email service

Yahoo headquarters

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Yahoo rolled out new versions of its popular email Tuesday, the first major product makeover since chief executive Marissa Mayer took the helm of the struggling Internet company five months ago.

Yahoo released new versions of its mail product for smartphones and tablets - in keeping with Mayer's focus on mobile devices - and a revamped version of its Web-based mail product for PC users that cuts out ancillary features and that the company said delivers faster performance.

"You've told us loud and clear that you want fewer distractions when it comes to email. You want to quickly login, communicate, and get on with your day," Mayer said in a post on Yahoo's official blog.

Yahoo is the No. 1 Web email product in the United States and No. 3 worldwide, behind Google's Gmail and Microsoft's Hotmail, according to comScore.

But the number of unique users of Yahoo email declined 16% in November from a year earlier in the United States and 7% worldwide, according to comScore. Analysts say the decline owes partly to younger Internet users who prefer to communicate with text messages rather than email.


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