Microsoft Testing Kumo! – Rumoured to be new Search Engine

Microsoft is trying all possible ways to get a prominent share in Online Search Market! With its failure in acquiring Yahoo!(which is much of a failure of Yahoo! 🙂 ), Microsoft is said to be hard at work implementing a new search product by name Kumo. Kumo is a Japanese word, meaning cloud and spider. Its still in its testing face and the code name is Kumo, and nothing sure that the new search product will be named as Kumo. Infact is not even accessible to public and is only available inside its corporate network.[One thing is sure that is registered by Microsoft, so the story becomes even stronger 🙂 ]

Source:kara.allthingsd Kumo screen shot — Click to enlarge
Kumo may be a new search algorithm that Microsoft is testing to implement in its live search or it may be just trying to re-brand its live search by making some changes to its live search(with new name). But we are not expecting the same old wine in the new bottle..for GOD’s sake or for Microsoft’s sake!

Have to wait and see whether Microsoft can play any new game or change the existing game! as Google had done with its entry into the search market.

New Chat & SMS Widget inside Classic Yahoomail!

I was using Yahoomail as usual, and suddenly something popped up with a water bubble bursting sound. I could see a blue widget above my email folders. I never did anything to get this. No settings, no modifications, no plugins. I was just checking my mail and the blue widget appeared and after a refresh it disappeared. I used the back button in my FireFox browser and took the screen shots of the chat & sms widget.
It had already imported all the contacts and mobile numbers from my Yahoo! messenger.
It looks cool, loads fast.
Here are some screen shots:

It appeared in the Classic Yahoomail and not in the upgraded version of YahooMail. Upgraded version of Yahoomail already has a separate portion for chatting. But this is something new and better, as we need not move from the inbox to start chatting(some what similar to that in Gmail.)

Click above image to see in full screen
Tab for multiple user chat
Did you notice this widget in your Yahoo mail? Hope this is in the initial state of testing. And Yahoo! will rollout this feature to all its users some time in the future.

Got the Chat and SMS widget back in my Yahoo Mail again. Its not disappearing now. Its nice to chat and adds more fun to its already famous Mail

New ad formate in yahoomail homepage

As we all know, search engine giants have always found new ways to show ads in order to make money.Previously yahoo started showing rollover ads(flash ads which start playing once we rollover our mouse pointer over it).

Today moring as I was checking my emails I came accross this peel ad in my yahoomail homepage.

We know that peel ads are sometimes annoying, as it may automatically come inbetween when trying to click something.But yahoo is smart enough.Their peel ad works only when we click on the click to peel option(as you can see in the below screenshot).

Here is the screen shot….


After we click on the click to peel, we get to see some ad in action, and click on it to see more details(taking us to the advertisers website) or you can just close the ad by clicking Close option(as you can see in below screen shot).


I saw that these ads are not still available in all yahoomail accounts.And I think, as I have my domain registered ( ) at Yahoo, I am getting these new ad formate in my account.Hope Yahoo thinks me as a loyal Yahoo customer(and I am).

Another ad that I have seen is, a 200X200 ad in the leftside sidebar, inside yahoomail.

Take a look at it:-


Hope Yahoo! is working very hard these days, after Microsoft tried to takeover Yahoo.

We have recently seen Yahoo adding two more mail domain Ymail and Rocketmail to its basket, to provoid  email address that you always wanted and was unavailable.

And signing up a deal with Google to show adsense ads or Google Adword ads in Yahoo search result pages.

I think these are all some good sign of improvement to Yahoo.

I wish Yahoo! a great success in all its good efforts.

Have you also seen these peel ads in your yahoomail homepage or anyother new ads other than rollover ads(rolled over to all yahoomail accounts) in your yahoomail.If so, please share it with us in the comment section.