The URL has always been visible in the webpage notification area when you hover over an active link. The popup is just a frustrating and distracting duplication of effort. If people on the forum want that duplication then let them have it, but give those that don't the option to switch it off so an email can actually be read without interruption - isn't that the point of software development?
Don't shoot the messenger. However, I am possibly mis-remembering the fuss. It was probably the lack of hover over functionality for the sender rather than links in the body.
Whilst the improvements over recent releases have been great, there are still a couple of annoying features that could do with further work:
Hopefully, these will be covered by a future release.
This latest "improvement" is yet another retrograde step by BT.
Now I can't view previous emails in an exchange, only the most recent one, as any attempt to click on a prior email results in a greyed out page & a message asking if I wish to add the sender to my contacts list.
Check that you are not in "Conversation View". You can do this by going to "Change View" at the right hand side then click ONCE on "Conversation View" to switch it on or off.