Yahoo enhances its GO 2.0 service

Yahoo's GO mobile service has been improved in a number of areas.

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Yahoo! GO, Yahoo's multiservice mobile phone application has been enhanced, adding several incremental improvements. The most noticeable is speed, which Yahoo says has been increased "substantially." Yahoo has also improved its mobile mail client. Users can now open Microsoft Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PDFs from e-mail attachments. Users can also see all their Yahoo Mail folders, and move messages to and fro.

The mobile version of Yahoo Maps that's been bundled has also seen an update with faster loading times and GPS compatibility. Users with GPS-enabled cell phones can now call up their location right on the map, assuming they're using a compatible handset.

Yahoo is also launching Go in Canada, the Asia-Pacific, and most of Europe.

One thing that's still lacking with this service is handset compatibility. While Yahoo Go works on five major U.S. carriers, a very small percentage of handsets are compatible. The service also claims it works with Windows Mobile phones, although according to the compatible phones page, the nearly 80 Windows Mobile handsets are listed as "coming soon!"

See also: CNET's official review of Go 2.0