Thursday, December 06, 2007

Updates, updates and more updates: Gmail

Just when you thought that Gmail was so awesome that it could never get better, think again. Google has been silently rolling out new features. Some are just eye candy but others are huge productivity boosts. In the post let me give you a glimpse of these new improvements...

1. Gtalk integration with AIM

Now you can talk to your AIM® friends using an integrated chat list right inside Gmail. Learn more ».

2. Colored labels

Better organize your email with new colored labels. Just click the color swatch next to each label to assign a color. Learn more »

3. Group chat and new emoticons

Group chat
Chat with multiple people without multiple windows. Invite your friends to a group discussion. To start a group chat, click 'Group chat' from the 'Options' menu when chatting.
Learn more »

New emoticons
Go from :) to and start sending richer expressions to your friends.
Learn more »

4 . Free IMAP

Sync your inbox across devices instantly and automatically. Whether you read or write your email on your phone or on your desktop, changes you make to Gmail will be seen from anywhere you access your inbox.

How it works on the iPhone

Set up device for IMAP (watch video)

Read and sort mail on your device

See changes instantly reflected in Gmail

Another way to use Gmail on your iPhone is through the browser. By going to you get the full Gmail experience including conversation view, search, and more.

Learn how to set up IMAP on other devices

5. View as slideshow

With google launch of their new presentation tool, you can preview your ppts right from your gmail. Just click "View as slideshow" next to the .ppt attachment you want to preview. Since you can open .doc and .xls attachments with Google Docs and Spreadsheets too, there's no need to leave your web browser to check out your Gmail attachments. Learn More.

6. Increased attachment size - 20 MB

Now you can start sharing more of those home videos, large presentations and files you just can't seem to get smaller. We have doubled the allowable attachment size to 20 MB to make your Gmail space even more useful. Learn More

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