Apple [AAPL] has announced a new beta version of their MobileMe Mail web application, which comes with a range of new features, if your are using MobileMe mail you can try out the beta version by clicking on the request an invitation button.
Some of the new features include new widescreen and compact views, the widescreen version lets you see more the the email with less scrolling and the compact view hides the folders.
Apple have also added single click archiving, and new mail rules to reduce inbox clutter, as well as increased security with SSL and have also made a range of performance tweaks.
We wonder if Apple has this new beta version out for testing as they intend to make MobileMe a free service to compete with Google’s offerings, as we reported previously.
You can see full details of the changes in press release below.
The Next MobileMe Mail. Now in Beta.
Today we’re introducing the beta of an all new MobileMe Mail web application, and we’re asking you to try it and let us know what you think. You can sign up at me.com by just logging in to MobileMe Mail and clicking “Request an invitation.” You will receive an email notification when you have been added to the beta and can start using it.
Here are some of the new features:
Widescreen and compact views. When reading your mail at me.com, the new widescreen view lets you see more of each message with less scrolling. Choose compact view to hide your folders or classic view to see more of your message list.
Rules to keep your email organized everywhere. Mail rules help you reduce inbox clutter by automatically filing messages into folders you select ahead of time. Set them up at me.com, and your rules organize your incoming email on the web and everywhere else — on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC.
Single-click archiving. Click the Archive button and the selected message is quickly filed into the Archive folder where it’s always available for future reference.
Formatting toolbar. You can create great-looking email messages using formatting buttons to bold or italicize text, change font color, insert images, and more. You can even create formatted web links to hide long URLs.
Improved performance. Mail at me.com loads your inbox and messages faster. And with interface refinements such as the ability to scroll through your entire inbox without having to manually click to load the next set of messages, you’ll be able to work more efficiently.
Increased security with SSL. With the MobileMe Mail beta, accessing your email on the web is more secure than ever. Your inbox is protected to prevent anyone from eavesdropping on your webmail. As always, you receive SSL protection when you use your MobileMe Mail account on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC.
MobileMe Mail beta works best with Safari 4, Firefox 3.6, and Internet Explorer 8. To find out more about the beta, including system requirements, please read this FAQ.
We look forward to your feedback on the MobileMe Mail beta — you can tell us what you think by clicking the feedback link below your mail folders at me.com.