Yahoo! Testing Localization on Global Homepages

Yahoo! has been testing a new homepage for a long time now. The latest test involves localization features for global homepages. For example, if you live in the UK, you can get local transportation information via a widget on the left sidebar. The India homepage will feature a cricket app.

Of course, the US homepage is getting apps, access to email accounts (including non-Yahoo! ones) and social networking. You'll be able to check network updates from a variety of sources directly from the homepage.

I've been able to check out the new homepage when signed in and using Firefox as my browser. It definitely has a sleeker design and the widgets are cool if you can make a new habit of using them. Usually, I just get distracted by a front page story or two before I go on to my normal browsing.

Have you seen the new homepage? What do you think? Share your impressions in the comments below.