Yahoo! upgrades Photos

Yahoo has revamped its Photos site and made it available to a select number of beta testers.

Although Yahoo’s Flickr photo tagging and sharing site that the company bought last year is more widely used, it tends to be the domain of the more serious photographer and user. The Yahoo! photos site is aimed at more casual users who want to store and share their snaps

The new site has a revamped welcome page with the user’s stored albums from themselves and their contacts on the left.

The site uses AJAX technology to allow users to drag and drop their pictures to sort and rearrange the order. Users can comment on images and download high-resolution copies of their stored images. Pictures can be renamed simply by clicking on them and typing a new name and users can choose whether to keep their snaps private or make them public.

The new Yahoo! Photos is integrated with the company’s communications tools such as Yahoo Mail, Messenger, Mobile and 360 to allow sharing of pictures with friends and family.

The re-engineered site follows a similar upgrade to Yahoo! Video earlier this week.

The new Yahoo! Photos site is expected to be released to the wider public within a few months.

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