Yahoo Mail made the leap from mail service to "social communication" tool yesterday by adding the ability to send text messages to cellphones from e-mail. The company has also made a few changes to its interface so people can navigate between e-mail, instant messaging and text messaging with more ease.
According to USA Today, Yahoo Mail update also adds more sophisticated capabilities to check maps, directions, hotel and travel information directly from the e-mail itself. For example: When you write an e-mail suggesting a trip to San Francisco and dinner at a specific restaurant, you can now put your mouse over the address, and a pop-up window emerges with tabs for maps, calendar and travel information.
The text messaging feature is being rolled out in the next few weeks, and is available in the USA, Canada, India and the Philippines.