More new Gmail features

More new Gmail features

Summary: It's only been about a week since Google introduced Anti-Virus capabilities into Gmail, and now the Googlers are now ready to start offering a few more interesting features that may raise a few eyebrows.  Their "What's New" page has changed once again and outlines a few extra features that aren't yet available.

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gmail_logo.gifIt's only been about a week since Google introduced Anti-Virus capabilities into Gmail, and now the Googlers are now ready to start offering a few more interesting features that may raise a few eyebrows.  Their "What's New" page has changed once again and outlines a few extra features that aren't yet available.

One of the new features is "Web Clips".  They will enable you to view your favourite RSS feeds right in Gmail just above the archive and report spam area.  Unfortunately it doesn't seem like it will be integrated with Google Reader.

Viewing some types of attachments is also getting easier.  For Microsoft Office, Open Office or PDF attachments you will be able to view them as "HTML" by clicking the link similar to the one you find on search engine result pages.  This will save time by allowing people to view their attachments without downloading anything.

Google will now also scan your emails and display relevant information about things it finds in your email, such as driving directions and package tracking.  This mashup information will be displayed on the right hand side of the screen -- probably above the Google ads.

 

Update:
The web clips feature seems as though they are attempting to mimic the relatively new RSS feature in Yahoo! Mail's beta test.  From what I can tell, the Web Clips feature won't be accessible like a folder, but more like a simple news ticker which makes it slightly different.

Update 2:
As many of the readers of this article have mentioned, these features have been available for quite a while for some users.  That said, many users still do not have these features -- including myself -- which makes me believe the news should more accurately be that they are going to release these features to *everyone* in the coming days.

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  • No offense, but

    these features have all been around for a while. Web clips started out in late July/early August, you've had options for viewing certain attachments "as HTML" since May, and the "scanning your e-mail to provide relevant information"? Isn't that an "ad", which was covered 2 years ago when Gmail launched? Plus, linking to addresses in your e-mails via the "scanning" has been around since mid-2005, for a few months.


    Also, I'm not who I say I am. This is an anonymous account I got using BugMeNot, and I'm protesting ZDNet's requirement of logging in to post comments.
    arny27@...
    • RE: No offense, but

      Web clips are RSS feeds that are to be displayed at the top of Gmail pages... It hasn't even been launched yet. What web clips are you referring to that were launched in July/August?

      The "relevant information" is different that "relevant ads". This information will contain directions to addresses that may be included in the body of the email, or package tracking information if there is a tracking number in your message. Not ads.
      Garett
      • webclips

        webclips have been around since July I think - but only for a small group of users of gMail.

        As with almost all features in gMail they release them to some people first to see how they are received and to refine them. Then they release them to a broader audience. It appears that webClips are about to reach that broader audience finally.

        However, refined or not, I don't really see the value in them yet. I use RSS fairly regularly and don't think I will like a "news ticker" type of interface to them.
        finalcut
  • Old

    Besides for the PDF, which I only noticed this week, I've had everything you mentioned for months.
    scrapheap
  • More new Gmail features

    I'm still waiting for their calendar integration like Hotmail and Yahoo have.
    Loverock Davidson
    • I second that...

      Along with a few more improvements in Contacts plus the ability to create group lists (My wife's wishlist). calendar.google.com is up, and someone wrote about a calendar release set for yesterday.

      Otherwise, I'm very happy with gmail, and have everything forwarding to it. I just eagerly await more features, whatever they may be.
      dingletec_z
    • Sorry, I forgot...

      Since Loverock uses Gmail, he must be a linsux peguin lover. Ok, I'm done. I had to do it, no choice...
      dingletec_z
  • The sponsored links and such

    I do like the little blurbs above the mail, particularly the "touches" of recipes in the Spam folder and recycling tips in the Trash folders.
    Third of Five