While looking through the source code for Gmail last week, I found references to what is now known as "Gmail for your domain" -- a service that will let domain owners use Google as a mail server, not just a client. Just when you thought everything had been discovered, a new version of the source was released -- revealing even more features that could be showing up in the near future. Voicemail and Evite.com integration are both referenced, but are not currently available to use.
A voicemail service will allow people to use Gmail as an answering machine that won't run out of space or need rewinding -- who knows, maybe it will be searchable using speech to text technology. This service will be most useful when Google starts providing full VoIP services, but until then it could be used for missed GTalk calls. Recorded messages will be available for listening through Gmail -- possibly with a flash applet designed to play them like Google Reader's podcast feature.
This line of code contains exceptions for names of filters. If you try creating a filter named the same as an item in this list, nothing will happen. This isn't definite proof they are going to release a voicemail service, but this code and the fact that it would make sense tells me something will happen.
var hZ="inbox, star, starred, chat, chats, draft, drafts, sent, sentmail, sent-mail, sent mail, all, allmail, all-mail, all mail, anywhere, archive, spam, trash, read, unread, voicemail, voicemails";
The second piece of interesting code hints at a partnership with Evite.com, a free social-planning site featuring invitations, social networking, local information and event listings. This website is owned by InterActiveCorp -- the same company who owns Ask, Match.com, Ticketmaster and more.
Based on the code, the first point of integration with Evite will be through GMail by adding an "Invitations" section. This section will probably let you create and manage invitations as easily as sending email. The second point of integration could be with Google Calendar -- if it is ever released -- by showing scheduled events in a calendar view.
var SF=['<div style="'+T+'">'+"Invitations
With the exception of one, these are all domains that you can use to access GMail (www.gmail.com, www.googlemail.com, mail.google.com) -- I wonder how evite.com fits in?
Maybe this is an indication that Google Calendar is closer to launching than ever. Look for these two additions to Gmail -- they can't be far off.
var Js=new AG(["gmail.com","googlemail.com","google.com","evite.com"]);