Google Release Gmail Desktop Widget

8 12 2008

Google desktop has been customising users desktops for years, with the latest widgets enabling XP users to create Vista-esque sidebars, with clocks, docks and apps. However, after countless requests, Google has finally announced the release of a Gmail desktop widget.

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Google Release Gmail Themes

20 11 2008

Google’s Gmail platform is constantly being updated. This is not surprising when you learn that Google has kept the service in Beta since its launch in 2004. Recently we’ve seen bigger changes, mainly through their labs add-ons, such as Google Goggles and Third-Party Widgets, like Remember The Milk.

However, one thing has always stayed the same; The colour scheme.

Gmail has stayed in line with Google’s minimal white background with small splahes of colour here and there, until now. Google have just announced the option to theme your inbox, in a similar way to your iGoogle page.

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Google’s Gmail Now Supports ‘Remember The Milk’ [With How-To]

4 11 2008

Last week Google announced the release of some Google Labs gadgets for Gmail that integrate with Google Docs and Google Calendar. But what slid under the radar was new support for third-party gadgets to appear in your inbox, enhancing the features that Gmail already offers.

The first to take the challenge of integrating themselves with Gmail are Remember The Milk, a free application that keeps track of your to-do lists, tasks and projects, which was reviewed by TechCrunch back in 2006 and gets numerous mentions on Lifehacker for its integration capabilities.

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While Remember The Milk has offered Gmail support in the past, users needed a Firefox extension, cutting out a large chunk of the IE, Safari and Opera users. However, with the help of Google, it can now fully integrate within your inbox view.

It is an exciting move by Google, as it opens up their mail platform to so many applications that are becoming every-day tools to its millions of users. While the process of adding the gadget is clunky and the user-interface isn’t exactly streamlined, Google say:

We realize this isn’t very user friendly right now; it’s a sandbox mainly aimed at developers who want to play around with gadgets in Gmail.

Google also hinted that they would be expanding developer access in the future and that gadgets such as Remember The Milk could become independent add-ons rather than integrations through one user interface.

HOW TO ENABLE THIRD-PARTY GADGETS

Just Google It will show you how to enable third party gadgets, using Remember The Milk as the example.

Step 1: Log into your Gmail account
Log into your Gmail account by going to gmail.com or googlemail.com, you choose, and enter your username and password.

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Gmail Gives You More Control Over Your Contacts

22 10 2008

It has been reported on the official Gmail blog that changes have been made to the way in which we handle our contacts.

Gmail used to store your contacts if you mailed someone five or more times, automatically creating a contact profile for that address. However, Google have realise that this is not as useful as it sounds as it clutters your address book for syncing with mobile devices.

Contacts will now be transferred to a “Suggested Contacts” category and only the email addresses you care enough to add by hand will be entered into your “My Contacts” section. The Official Gmail Blog says:

As part of this change, we’re moving previously auto-added contacts back into Suggested Contacts. Only contacts that you’ve edited, imported or added to a group will remain in My Contacts. This will provide everyone with a clean slate and, we hope, a better point for syncing contacts with mobile devices (for example with Android). We’ll be rolling this change out to everyone over the next few days.

Hopefully the next upgrade will include a pop-out address book to check and add. As nice as auto-fill is, people sometimes get forgtten and feelings get hurt!

Are there any upgrades you’d like to see? Lets us know, leave a comment!