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New version of Gmail starting to roll out

Google announced a new version of Gmail that has a completely new javascript engine at this years Analyst day. It wasn't a surprise that they announced the new Gmail -- last month the cat was let out of the bag when a translator for Google found hints in the "Google In Your Language" service.

Google announced a new version of Gmail that has a completely new javascript engine at this years Analyst day. It wasn't a surprise that they announced the new Gmail -- last month the cat was let out of the bag when a translator for Google found hints in the "Google In Your Language" service.

Just today, some people started seeing the new version of Gmail -- the improvements (like being much faster) are mostly under the hood, but there are a few noticeable changes.

The most obvious is the improved contact manager. I haven't had a chance to actually play with the new interface yet, but it seems intuitive just by looking at the screenshots.

Gmail Contacts

The Google Talk contact popup has also gone under the knife and looks a lot cleaner.

Gmail Google Talk

Overall, the change isn't major from a users perspective, but it is still welcome. The Gmail interface has remained largely untouched since it was launched -- and maybe that's a good thing?

[Thanks Andres]