Monday, May 30, 2005

Yahoo! introduces new PhotoMail service

Yahoo! has launched a new service which is designed to help users send photos to their friends by e-mail. The new PhotoMail service, which is currently in beta, allows users of Yahoo! Mail to send up to 300 photos to their friends by e-mail.

The service is still in beta, so there are some restrictions. For example, while the figure of 300 photos is being bandied about, users are still restricted to a maximum attachment size of either 10 or 20 megabytes, depending on the type of e-mail account they have. So that's 300 photos of 30k each then. Also, the service also only supports images in the JPEG format.

To select photos to be attached to e-mails, the service uses a tool called Quick Select. Unfortunately this is currently only compatible with Internet Explorer, and is not compatible with any other browsers, such as Firefox, Netscape or Opera. It also only works with Windows, so Mac users are out of luck.

On the other hand, this service is still in beta, and despite it's current limitations, does show promise. One of the problems with digital photos is the ability to organise and share them, so Yahoo! do appear to be moving in the right direction with PhotoMail. Once they've got the compatibility problems sorted out we're hopeful this could be something really interesting. We'll keep you posted. In the meantime, if you're a Yahoo! Mail account holder, head over to the PhotoMail site and give it a go yourself.

Reference: ITVibes

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