And is has for quite some time. This recent speculation is fun and all, but WTF?

Try a search for yahoo browser and you'll end up on this page, which describes the SBC Yahoo! Browser. I seem to remember there being a Yahoo! branded web browser at least as far back as 1999 when I joined Yahoo.

I guess you could say we've been there, done that, and probably even made some t-shirts back in the day.

These are not the droids you're looking for. Move along.

Posted by jzawodn at June 12, 2005 09:16 PM

Reader Comments
# Joe Beaulaurier said:

The early Y! Browser is still out there and accessible by Y! Plus subscribers (click "download software" at bottom-right of My Yahoo! page).

It seems to have been ignored and unsupported for many moons. I say this because a lot of the navigation toolbar buttons (a la Y! Companion / Y! Toolbar) are dead links or are redirected to something more generic than the button implies.

If it was made current and a little more crash-resistant, it'd be worth a look for Yahoo! fanatics like me.

In the meantime, you get basically the same thing with IE6 and the Y! Toolbar. The only real advantage is the Y! Plus Sidebar (easy access to msgr, photos, briefcase and launchcast) but if you download the Y! Browser, the Y! Plus Sidebar extensions are ready to work inside a plain vanilla IE6 also.


on June 12, 2005 10:48 PM
# said:

Yeh well, having tested a lot for MSN and particularly the MSN Premium software,I think the Yahoo Plus browser looks pretty weak...Alright, Yahoo is not backed up by MS Technology like MSN is but those script errors really are annoying and happend very frequently.

I cant really think of a Yahoo version of FF... I'd probly think about Netscape with a bult-in Y! Messenger instead of AIM, and various tabs in the sidebar for briefcase or webbased bookmarks for example...
Or maybe would it be that dashboard I had in mind in order to compete with Longhorn: A sidebar gathering various services and integrating the messenger plus quick access to services , a Y! Photos slideshow or a briefcase uploader...all on the side of the desktop...
Anyhow a lot can be said and done, just can't wait to test

on June 13, 2005 12:58 AM
# Guillaume said:

Yeh well, having tested a lot for MSN and particularly the MSN Premium software,I think the Yahoo Plus browser looks pretty weak...Alright, Yahoo is not backed up by MS Technology like MSN is but those script errors really are annoying and happend very frequently.

I cant really think of a Yahoo version of FF... I'd probly think about Netscape with a bult-in Y! Messenger instead of AIM, and various tabs in the sidebar for briefcase or webbased bookmarks for example...
Or maybe would it be that dashboard I had in mind in order to compete with Longhorn: A sidebar gathering various services and integrating the messenger plus quick access to services , a Y! Photos slideshow or a briefcase uploader...all on the side of the desktop...
Anyhow a lot can be said and done, just can't wait to test

on June 13, 2005 12:58 AM
# Lee said:

Was this was mis-reported in the Bloomberg article?

"You could look to Yahoo to do most everything that makes sense on the Internet going forward," Semel said Friday in an interview in New York. Developing a browser may make sense "at some point in time," he said.

Doesn't seem to make reference to a Y! branded browser developed in the past. But if that's all there is, then so be it.

on June 13, 2005 03:02 AM
# Joel said:

This is somewhat unrelated, but I couldn't think of a better place to sound-off. :)

I clicked on the promotional link in Yahoo! Mail to try out "photomail". I got a page - that tells me that "your computer doesn't currently meet the system requirements for PhotoMail" (which is MS IE 5.5).

That's a "blame the user" error. It is apparently my fault that I run Firefox. The error should read "PhotoMail does not currently support Firefox."

on June 15, 2005 12:36 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Joel: You're right. I'll see about getting that fixed.

on June 15, 2005 12:38 PM
# Joe Beaulaurier said:

In the British Telecom market there's a Yahoo! Browser that's tabbed. Dang, I want some of that.

Details here:

on June 29, 2005 10:36 PM
# said:

Welcome To Lalejin

I thank god for allowing me to express my love to ceramic art .my job is potter in lalejin .Like all lalejinian potter when i was a young i had learened a clay craft after 8 years old .so all activity i can make a pottery in the wheel.maybe i havenot a good work shop or beast scool for education but with this all now our production is a beast in the world also awell -konw traitin lalejinian character is hospitality .....Dear friends.It is an excellent opportunity for me that to make acquaintance with you my beast frient by ceramics I will be glad to recive your suggestion and coments to improve the level of my works.Ceramics & pottery is as a gender of art to create mater pieces and miracles and music of my sticism . in this world of art , every finger will can turn the earth in to artificial work. Lalejin Town . Lalejin is one of the most important center of ceramic in iran and the middle east this art is improved from the artistic point of view each day.this city is considered as the center of the bussiness and training of ceramic arts in asia every year many tourist of in side of the country visit of this artistic interesting city .Art has always been a part of mans and it has usually been used to express the things that were important in his life . also art is around us all time but we dont notice it like a pottery.vase, vat..some times i get the feeling when i was a potter`ve exhibiton ,YA. things seem so perfect .enjoy of all potter was agood to me and were endless. when i look and find i still love the pottery work .....Would you like to visit Lalejin Town ? Actually We have Tourist City , More than 100000000 people visit Lalejin every year.Lost of them say it is the most exciting town in the world .If you are Artist and you have my job pottery shops and works in lalejinA:ccording to the existing information there were only(50)workshops, making pottery, (45)years ago.they in creased to(110)workships in (1976)and now there are more then(820)workshops in lalejin alsothere are (120)shops along both sides of ayatollah khamenehi blvd, and in imam khomeini strretemployment level reaches to 87.3%(2.6%).is amony woman which is the highest level in the province.(32.7%)of (100%)working people and working in pottery workships (26.5%)are working as sellers mediatorsand .distri.butors of pottery goodshin other cities(29.6%)are farms and water and the other(11.2%)are withe-collars and blue-collars .basedor this industry , comparing to the other citics of provinced the economy and in com level lalejin better position..... If you would like to contact me about my work, or if you would be interested in sponsoring me, please feel free to contact me by email. Don't forget, sponsors can advertise on this site free of charge. If you've found my site of interest your comments are always welcome. Thank you for visiting. I hope my work has been a joy and inspiration for you,It gives me great pleasure to show you around the the most recent examples of my work. I appreciate feedback, so please feel free to contact me after you have browsed though these web pages. .All i am tring to give you is a good time honey . so that come on and lets start and love to art . . Pottery as one of the most prominent and handy craft art in IRAN dates back to some thousand years ago. Good quality of clay in IRAN and experienced hamdy men with a lot of finesse cause the Iranian product and it`s terracota to be very famous all over the globe. All the stages of construction are by capable hands of Iranian terracota with help of no mechanical equipment. We endeavor for being the best in constructing and also packing and it is known after years of activity that our wasteand damaged product in the shipment is almost 0%. Our products last in different climate and could be kept in -25 C and even in low temperature...... I hope You Enjoy Your Stay .But Hamedan State.HAMEDAN is one of the oldest cities of not only IRAN but of the world . Its historical origins date goes back to several centuries before Christ. HAMEDAN was the summer capital of the Median and was then called Ekbatan or Hegmataneh, which means a place of assembly . HAMEDAN is one of the cradles of Oriental Civilization with legendary background. According to historical records, there was once a castle in this city by the name of Haft Hessar (seven walls) which had a thousand rooms and its grandeur equaled of the Babylon Tower. All the nations living around IRAN coveted the prominent natural position of Hamden from the times immemorial until recent centuries; and have invaded the city seveal times.First, the Assyrians destroyed HAMEDAN. It was ruined again and again during the invasion of Mongols and Tamerlane. Finally, in the recent centuries the Ottomans attacked the city several times................Located 336 kms west of Tehran, Hamadan is a city of great antiquity, the foundation of which is attributed to a king of Medes, dating back to 700 BC from over 25 centuries ago, Hamadan is of considerable historical importance. It is bounded on the north by Tehran and Zanjan, on the east by Markazi, on the south by Lorestan and on the west by Kermanshah and Kordestan provinces. The climate is of great variety; it is cold in the highlands, but temperate in the southern areas is lower. In general, there are heavy snowfalls in winter. The highlands enjoy summers with a pleasant climate, attracting large numbers of visitors.There are a number of caves, the most important and greatest cave in Iran is Ghar-e-Alisadr, located in a village called Alisadre, it contains a vast lake stretching into a labyrinth of numerous passages with magnificently impressive stalactites and stalagmites, along which one can sail for many Kilometers.The major rivers run in the southern and south -western parts; the Gamasiyab River originating in the southwestern mountains of Nahavand merges into some other rivers forming a large river called Karkheh, which empties into the Persian Gulf. In the past large areas of Hamadan were forested, but now only oak forests cover some mountainous regions of Nahavand. In Nahavand and Toiserkan there are lush pastures used by pastoral nomads.Hamadan is a multilingual province. In the city of Hamadan, being the provincial capital, the people living in Malayer, Nahavand and Samen speak Farsi. The people living in the southwest of the province speak a variety of Turkich languages. The predominant language in the regions neighboring Kordestan and Kermanshah provinces is Kurdish. The vast majority of the people are Muslims.Agricultural and animal husbandry are the major economical activities of the people. The most significant crops cultivated in the province are wheat, barley, potatoes and sugar beets. In the mountainous areas apples, grapes, and pears are cultivated. The production of glassware, instruments for construction and agriculture, and aluminum articles are among the major industries. The Hamadan steel company is of high importance.Hamedan province takes in eight cities. The city of Hamedan is the provincial capital and the seven other ones are as follows: Asadbad, Bahar, Toiserkan, Razan, Kabudarahang, Malayer and Nahavand.......

on June 30, 2005 12:14 AM
# Not to Say said:

There is a new improved version to the yahoo browser out. Verizon is now pimping it out as we speak. Pretty nice, if you ask me.

on August 27, 2005 05:03 PM
# Glenn B said:

It's been a while since Yahoo! and Verizon started pushing out the new Yahoo! browser with tabs. So when do us poor saps with Yahoo! Plus get an update?

on December 10, 2005 05:01 PM
# Phil H said:

I got the Yahoo browser when I switched to SBC DSL a year ago and have used it off and on since. Seems like as good a product as Firefox or Netscape to me. Stable, configurable and tabbed.

I have just been trying the AOL browser which is a version of IE and it has nice interface features as well. Only thing about Yahoo browser is it isn't very "sexy" looking. The AOL browser is the most advanced in terms of appearance if not features IMO>

on December 15, 2005 10:50 PM
# netster007x said:

Hey Joe,

I've got SBC Y! DSL and i hav that browser with the tabs and the sidebar, and u arent missing out on much. It looks great at first but at least on a slow pc the Yahoo integration isnt worth it!

It seems to crash every 5 or 10 minutes, sometimes it fails to load certain pages, and it tends to be VERY slow! I've tried to like it over and over but after 10 minutes i'm ready to uninstall the darn thing.

Its its a memory hog like the Yahoo music engine only slower and more crash prone!

I use firefox with the Y! toolbar and A's Y! mail notifier and it way more productive; along with way faster!

What would be perfect is if Mozilla could team up with Yahoo and make a "Yahoo FireFox" with the Yahoo integration and sidebar and autologon and all the Yahoo site features would work in it without any memory hog habits or frequent crashes. (thats my fantasy world)

Also, [Y!'s new photomail feature doesn't support FireFox!!!]

Didnt they just say like 2 weeks ago that from now on all new software will be tested to support FireFox!!!???

on December 17, 2005 08:30 PM
# Jeromy said:

Back in the late 90a, Yahoo bought a small web browser software company from Georgia (i think) called encompass ( / check archives). They since discontinued the browser software (except instances listed above).

on August 24, 2006 02:09 AM
# Peter Pan said:

Hello. I just wanted to apologise for selecting your topic on Yahoo Browser. (I was going to copy and paste this topic - but there was a sentence telling me I was not authorised to do so.)

I have a blog site in the UK and every now and again the BT/Yahoo browser closes down. I was telling a fellow blogger that I had a Yahoo browser but he had never heard of it. So then I was trying to do a search for Yahoo browser and I came up with your topic.

I do not know anything about the browser/internet world. I only blog a bit. However I couldn't believe that I had made such a silly statement, "yes I use a Yahoo browser" so I wanted to prove that it existed. And not feel so foolish.

I think your topic has proved to me that in some way the yahoo browser does exist. Or have I read what I've read here, completly wrong?

Many thanks. 365.

on October 4, 2006 05:56 AM
# Maximina said:

I deleted my yahoo dsl browser because it din't work properly. I'm trying to download it but i can't anymore.
Is there another way to download it??

on November 6, 2006 08:29 PM
# Owen Griffiths said:

In the UK British Telecom (the national phone company) give you the Yahoo browser with all their ISP's. I recieved one in early 2006. I find that it's chunky buttons means it's very intuitive to use, quite unlike the mess of IE 7 where you have to press alt-f to actually open 'file'. Given BT's prominence in the UK, I would assume a large percentage of the country's broadband users have the BT Yahoo Browser.

However it often rejects javascript applets, and this can be irritating in a lot of sites but if you switch the internet off and turn it on again the problem is solved

I regularly get prompts from BT to install updates to the browser, but whenever you click on the link it says that the service is unavailiable at the moment, try again later. It never is.

I tried to Google Yahoo Browser and once came up with a site that offered a newer version of it for download. I was really happy, until it asked me what ISP I used. The drop down menu had only obscure Amercican companies. Ridiculous considering the Yahoo Browser's market penetration in Britain is assumedly so much higher than it is in the US.

So the question remains, WHY IS EVERYONE PRETENDING A PROGRAM THAT IS USED BY COUNTLESS MILLIONS DOESNT EXIST? Why do I find this site before the official one (if it exists). The Yahoo browser has so many advantages, if it would straighten out it's few problems it could beat the crap IE 7 hands down

on March 16, 2007 07:34 AM
# Michael said:

Heaps cool. Back in 1996, when the internet was still pretty new for people who weren't in the computing industry, my brother asked his teacher "what's your favourite browser?". The teacher said Yahoo.

on April 14, 2008 03:50 AM
# Jason said:

Hey Guys,
I had been following up with these comments since a long time.Yahoo DSL browser is no longer supported by AT&T ad is no longer available on our AT&T website.If u uninstall it ,u wont be able to get it back.The DSL software has expired as on 07/01/2009.

on October 31, 2009 04:22 PM
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone. My current, past, or previous employers are not responsible for what I write here, the comments left by others, or the photos I may share. If you have questions, please contact me. Also, I am not a journalist or reporter. Don't "pitch" me.


Privacy: I do not share or publish the email addresses or IP addresses of anyone posting a comment here without consent. However, I do reserve the right to remove comments that are spammy, off-topic, or otherwise unsuitable based on my comment policy. In a few cases, I may leave spammy comments but remove any URLs they contain.