This could be big. I've been wondering if some balance of power might start shifting back to Microsoft; but if Google can pull off an investment deal with AOL and get access to their content and community, then Microsoft is going to continue to struggle with online market share.
I now have a fast full text search in my email. Yahoo Mail beta has a fast full text search engine. Must have come from the Yahoo acquisition of Stata Labs last October. This is extremely useful. Gmail also has a fast full-text search engine; but it doesn't sync with my Blackberry so I only use it rarely. (I do keep all my Google Alerts in it.) So far, Yahoo Mail is the winner, although the CAPTCHA thing could cause me to switch to Gmail as soon as they work well with the Blackberry.
The new Yahoo Mail beta is a tremendous improvement on Yahoo Mail, which frankly I have been tiring of. The new version is so much faster, the interface is much more like Outlook. I like everything except the CAPTCHA system which still requires me as a paying Yahoo Mail customer to enter text from a scrambled graphic image almost every time I send an email. It drives me crazy. But overall, I'm loving Yahoo Mail, and I'll probably stick with it if I can figure out how to eliminate the CAPTCHA stuff. Does anyone know how I can avoid that?