Most netbooks have 1024 x 600 pixel display. While there are certainly a few exceptions, most Windows apps can run reasonably well at that resolution and most web pages are viewable with a minimal amount of scrolling. But for some reason, Yahoo Mail isn’t one of them. For the past few years, every time I’ve tried to check my Yahoo Mail account using a netbook, I’ve been greeted with a message suggesting I use the “classic” interface instead of the newer, more streamlined version.
Last night Yahoo introduced a new beta version of Yahoo Mail which is designed to be faster to use, while offering new tools including Facebook and Twitter integration, in-line viewing of Flickr, Picasa, and YouTube photos and videos, and a new theme that’s more… umm, purple.
Unfortunately, like the previous version of Yahoo Mail, the new Beta suggests a minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768 — which means most netbooks are left out. Rather than acknowledge the fact that this is a common resolution and maybe Yahoo’s coders should tweak the site to work within it, Yahoo Mail Beta instead pops up an error message when you try to visit with a netbook browser, suggesting you adjust your screen resolution in your computer’s display settings — even though many netbooks don’t really offer the option.
On the other hand, when you actually push ahead and let Yahoo know you want to try Yahoo Mail Beta anyway, everything really does look just fine, as far as I can tell — except for one thing. The 160 x 600 pixel banner ad on the right side of the display is cut off at the bottom. I wonder if that’s what Yahoo is worried about.
You can check out a video overview of the new Yahoo Mail after the break.