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December 13, 2007

Yahoo Japan Building Flex Version of Yahoo Mail

Ryan Stewart has the scoop that the Yahoo Japan team announced at Adobe MAX in Japan that they were building a new Yahoo Mail client in Flex. The current Yahoo Mail application, used by Yahoo in the US and Canada (at least, I presume other countries as well), is written in Ajax. I'm not 100% sure, but I imagine some of the technology for that application comes from Yahoo's acquisition of Zimbra.

The new mail application isn't done yet, but it is in progress. And there's no information that suggests that the existing Ajax mail client will be replaced with this Flex application for the rest of the world. Still, its a great sign when Yahoo and Google start using Flex for their applications. It shouldn't surprise us though. Even Yahoo's Ajax evangelist said that Flex applications were faster to develop than Ajax applications.

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