Finally: Yahoo! Maktoob introduces Yahoo! Mail in Arabic
Around 2 years ago Yahoo acquired maktoob the largest Arab portal for around 200 million USD. And people started speculating when an Arabic version of Yahoo Mail will go live.
Few days ago Yahoo! Maktoob announced launching the Arabic version of the already popular Yahoo! Mail. this is a very important step for Yahoo in the Arab world. As some of its Yahoo function in English would not enable Arab user who do not know English to use fully. Now they can!
Google’s gmail is already in Arabic.
Yahoo’s acquisition of Maktoob seems have paid well for the Sunnyvale, CA, USA based company, in Jun, 2011 former CEO of Yahoo shared existing numbers of Yahoo’s operation in the Arab world: Maktoob homepage is the fifth most popular home page on Yahoo with around 50 million unique users compared 30 million unique users when Yahoo.
In terms of revenues in a press release Yahoo said that Yahoo captures 40% of online display advertising around 40 million USD.
Since its acqution of Maktoob, Yahoo launched Yahoo Maktoob homepage and introduced few new services such as OMG in Arabic.
If you follow international tech the news you probably heard that Yahoo Inc is running thorough not easy times and might be looking for a buyer. The company is advised to refocus and chose a newstrategy of what it wants to be and how it can stay relevant after at least 5 years of now.