POP3 is probably the only thing that makes lots of users turn to Yahoo Mail and use it as their default email service. However, the Sunnyvale company Yahoo, the owner of Yahoo Mail, is not willing to introduce POP3 support in the free
version of the service and continues to offer this function only to the paying customers. In a blog post published a few days ago, Yahoo's officials presented a simple way to access Yahoo Mail, other than typing the URL in the address bar of your browser: a shortcut on your desktop.
Obviously, this is not too useful and the POP3 implementation is still the main request made by the Yahoo Mail users. Here's the reaction of one of our readers to yesterday's article entitled "Yahoo Mail: Still No POP3/IMAP, Just a Shortcut for the Time Being":
"Any idiot can place shortcut to a website on their desktop. I have been a long time user of yahoo mail, but due to the fact that I can download my Google mail to Thunderbird locally, I can read / respond to emails when i am not connected to the web, on the road due to work, etc, I am already phasing out my yahoo email accounts..."
So, Yahoo loses users due to the fact that Gmail has already introduced POP3. Nothing new, but the Sunnyvale company continues to provide more ways to access Yahoo Mail. Although it may not be too interesting, here's today tip provided by Ryan K, Community Manager, Yahoo Mail: create a new browser toolbar especially supposed to host your favorite websites. All you need to do is visit the Yahoo Mail official website and drag the URL in the newly-created toolbar.
Note that this "trick" works for both Internet Explorer and Firefox, no matter if you're using Windows or Mac OS X. So, in case this is something new for you, give it a try!