Posts Tagged ‘Gmail Labs’

Google Labs To Be Shuttered, Though Gmail Labs Not Affected

Published by pratyushkp on July 21st, 2011 - in Social, Technology

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In an effort to “prioritize [its] product efforts,” Google announced in a blog post on Wednesday that it will “wind down” Google Labs, the company’s incubator for experimental features and products.

“While we’ve learned a huge amount by launching very early prototypes in Labs, we believe that greater focus is crucial if we’re to make the most of the extraordinary opportunities ahead,” Google said in a blog post.

The post links to notes from Larry Page‘s remarks on last week’s earnings call, where the Google co-founder and new CEO said, “Greater focus has also been another big feature for me this quarter — more wood behind fewer arrows.”

Google describes Labs as a “playground where our more adventurous users can play around with prototypes of some of our wild and crazy ideas and offer feedback directly to the engineers who developed them.”

Labs within Google Maps and Gmail will not be affected, the company said in an afternoon update to its blog post, so those afraid of losing popular Gmail Labs features like Multiple Inboxes and Undo Send need not worry. “We’ll continue to experiment with new features in each of our products,” Google said.

Products like Google Alerts, Google Maps, Google Reader and Google Docs all began in Labs and have, in Google-speak, “graduated” to become mainstream features.

Other products, like Google Listen and Google Squared remain in Labs.

Google said in the announcement that some of the experiments in Labs will end while others will live on in other technologies and products.

Page said last week that Google has “done substantial internal work simplifying and streamlining our product lines,” and TechCrunch’s Alexia Tsotsis writes that closing Labs is “yet another step towards a more focused, streamlined Google.”

Google announced in June that it would close Google PowerMeter and Google Health.

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Gmail enables Sending emails in Background

Published by pratyushkp on April 26th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

Shows warning in case of any error to fix it

Google’s Gmail Labs is known for making nifty tweaks to the email service and thereby making it more efficient. This time, Google has added a new Background Send feature in Gmail Labs that lets users carry on with other tasks while the emails will continue being sent in background.

New Background Send feature can be enabled by accessing the Gmail Labs options available in Settings. Once you’ve enabled it, all you have to do is hit Send after you’ve composed an email and then carry on checking other emails.

Here’s a condition which indeed is important – browser tab/window needs to be active while sending email. Means you need to be logged in and must have an active connection. Enabling Background Send, hitting Send button and then simply shutting down the PC or Mac won’t guarantee that your mail has been sent.

In case the recipients address is not correct or if there’s any other issue while sending an email in background, Gmail will show a warning message on top of your Inbox. The warning message will offer you an option to fix it instantly or fix it later. On a successful dispatch of messages, user will receive text – your message has been sent, just above the Inbox.

What we can notice here is that slowly, Gmail is acting like a proper application with background sending of messages. Though it’s not more of a visual effect, it’s still quite an implementation.

Source :- Techtree Blog

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Gmail gets New Smart Labels

Published by pratyushkp on March 14th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

Aims to remove the clutter from your overloaded Inbox

Gmail, the email service by Google, already has Labels for organizing and categorizing the emails with the help of custom filters. Google has now announced new Smart Labels feature for Gmail available via Labs in Settings. The new Smart Labels will allow users to organize messages in Bulk, Notifications and Forum messages. These Smart Labels filter out those messages by default.

Life becomes so much better when all subscribed newsletters, promotions and forum messages get filtered automatically without creating special filters for each of them. At the moment, Gmail Labs in Settings offers the option to activate Smart Labels for your Gmail Inbox.

Following are the three new Smart Labels:

  • Bulk: mails that include any kind of mass mailing (such as newsletters and promotional email) and gets filtered out of your inbox by default (where you can easily read it later)
  • Notifications: messages sent to you directly (like account statements and receipts)
  • Forums: filters email from group mailing lists from different forums

On the official Gmail blog, Google states, “On the Filters tab under Settings, you’ll find that these filters can be edited just like any others. From there, you can also edit your existing filters to avoid having them Smart Labeled or change whether mail in a Smart Label skips your inbox.”

The new Smart Labels certainly turn out to be quite helpful in cleaning up your Inbox and showing you emails from your business or personal contacts as well as friends and family.

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