Yahoo is upgrading it’s web-mail interface and it has been made available to a lucky few beta testers.It is supposed to be much faster than any other existing web-mail services.
According to ZDnet Yahoo Mail is currently looking more like Outlook.Softpedia has hailed it as a Glimpse into the Future of Web E-Mail.However at the same time there is a major cause of concern for Opera users.This interface currently does not support Opera,allthough I have been told that it works fine with Firefox.
I think it is time for Opera to wake up.Only sticking to standards won’t do.With time the web would evolve and with that we shall see new and more complex technologies being used.If Opera has to stay in this competitive market then it would have to move ahead with time.I am afraid most users wont buy their explanation that “it doesnt follow the W3C standards”.Opera is progressing,but I am afraid not fast enough.For eg. more than a year ago Gmail was released.At that time Opera didn’t support Xhttp.But due to large no. of complaints and huge popularity of Gmail it was forced to add Xhttp support.However, it still doesn’t support Gmail completely (Rich text formatting),which is dissapointing.
When Opera had provided the oppertunity to chat with it’s CTO H?kon Wium Lie I had specifically asked him about this.His reply was
Gmail and other advanced applications are pushing the limits of what browsers can do. That’s great, and we will make sure we can run them. Also, we’ll work hard to make the applications run on mobile devices. Finally, we have to make sure the techniques are documented somewhere and WHAT WG is an effort to do so.
Another such example is the newly released Microsoft Vista website.Again my question is if Firefox can support it why not Opera?And no,this time it isn’t Microsoft sniffing Opera and sending it bad code as even editing the ua.ini file didn’t help.
It’s time for Opera to wake up.Till then we can only use some other browser to view these websites and hope that Opera keeps it’s promise so that soon we would be able to browse these sites on Opera also.
And in case you want to enroll yourself for beta testing you may do so here,but dont be too hopefull about getting an invite soon.
Thanks to AquaDex from Neowin for the image