Apple yesterday introduced version two of its beta Webmail service.

The new version introduces a number of changes and new features in response to user feedback. Webmail Beta 2 offers enhanced navigation of emails, better folder- and message-management, and is easier to use than before.

Address Book preferences and Folder Management features are easier to find, and a selection of frequently used items now sits at the bottom of most pages. Contents of the Deleted messages folder can be expunged with a single click, and the service handles incomplete messages better than before, saving these if a user times-out mid-session.

Other features include improved time-zone handling, better performance, and better guides as to which folder a user is browsing.

In a note sent to beta testers, Apple’s iTools team says: “These changes, along with our existing features such as mail forwarding, auto reply, and anywhere access, make truly a world-class email service. We hope you continue to enjoy and use Email.”

Webmail is an iTools service, free to any Mac OS 9 or later user. The beta service launched in April.