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Only 25 Percent of Yahoo! Employees Use Yahoo! Mail

Yahoo! has made several changes to its email lately in an apparent effort to improve the system.

Part of these improvements include moving the "send" button and formatting buttons (such as "bold" and "font") to the very bottom of the email. The "attachment" button was also moved to the bottom of each email, forcing people to scroll down, again.

Not everyone is impressed with these changes, including people who work at Yahoo! notes

An internal Yahoo! memo recently scolded employees because only 25 percent of Yahoo! workers use Yahoo! Mail.

The memo, sent by Yahoo! execs Jeff Bonforte and Randy Roumillat, was posted online by and reads:

Earlier this year we asked you to move to Yahoo Mail for your corporate email account. 25% of you made the switch (thank you). But even if we used the most generous of grading curves (say, the one from organic chemistry), we have clearly failed in our goal to move our co-workers to Yahoo Mail.

It's time for the remaining 75% to make the switch. Beyond the practical benefits of giving feedback to your colleagues on the Mail team, as a company it's a matter of principle to use the products we make. (BTW, same for Search.)

Bonforte and Roumillat then slammed Microsoft Outlook, which apparently Yahoo! employees are using:

First, it doesn't feel like we are asking you to abandon some glorious place of communications nirvana. At this point in your life, Outlook may be familiar, which we can often confuse with productive or well designed.

Certainly, we can admire the application for its survival, an anachronism of the now defunct 90s PC era, a pre-web program written at a time when NT Server terrorized the data center landscape with the confidence of a T-Rex born to yuppie dinosaur parents who fully bought into the illusion of their son's utter uniqueness because the big-mouthed, tiny-armed monster infant could mimic the gestures of The Itsy-Bitsy Pterodactyl.

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