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Yahoo ready to deliver on promise to upgrade email
By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer Michael Liedtke, Ap Technology Writer , Tue May 24, 7:53 am ET

Print Story: Yahoo ready to deliver on promise to upgrade email - Yahoo! News

SAN FRANCISCO Yahoo Inc. is giving its popular email service a long-promised facelift in an attempt to make it more appealing to people who are increasingly using Facebook, Twitter, Google and other online alternatives to communicate.

The changes announced Tuesday build upon a redesigned email format that Yahoo began testing seven months ago. The estimated 277 million users of Yahoo's free email service will be switched to the new version during the next few weeks.

The overhaul will enable updates to Facebook and Twitter accounts to be posted from within Yahoo's email boxes. The revamped service is supposed to be two times faster and capable of sending attachments of up to 100 megabytes. Other tools include better junk-mail controls and the ability to chat with friends and family logged into Facebook.