And it is there broadminded thinking that they planned to give away the underlying code to Yahoo Mail, one of the crown jewels of its business, in a bid to encourage software developers to build new applications based on e-mail.
Yes yes and yes I am not playing fool......its TRUEI can’t express my happiness after hearing this….I am feeling just on top of the world.
The move to open up the underlying code of Yahoo Mail -- used by 257 million people -- is designed to spark development of thousands of new e-mail applications built not only by Yahoo (Charts) engineers but by outside companies and individuals.
Technically speaking, Yahoo is giving away "browser-based authentication" for its e-mail service for developers to build new applications. Currently only Yahoo Mail and certain broadband partners like AT&T (Charts) and BT are granted such access to the code.
This will allow people to make custom versions of the basic interface, or look, of e-mail. Other uses may include tapping the information inside a user's e-mail program to create new ways of displaying the information to individual users.
Since Yahoo keeps absolute control of usernames and passwords there are no security risks.
Yahoo is not alone in its effort to open up who can program Web services using its tools. Major Internet companies including Amazon.com (Charts), eBay (Charts) and Google (Charts) to established software providers such as IBM (Charts) and Microsoft (Charts) have embraced such moves.
You must be thinking “when you will get this code” ??
Yahoo Mail's code will be generally available later in 2006 said Jason Rupp, product manager for Yahoo's e-mail services.
This could allow a "mash-up" to be created that permits users to simultaneously read Yahoo Mail, Google's Gmail and Microsoft's Hotmail from the same browser window rather than forcing users to sign into each e-mail system separately.
There is just all kinds of things people could do….it’s really Awesome move!!!
Courtesy : CNNmoney.com