Gmail gets one click Microsoft Word previews, gives glimpse into future

According to ReadWriteWeb, Google just announced a small, but much needed feature update to Gmail - One-click previews for Microsoft Word documents. Previously the one-click preview service only covered PDF, TIFF and Powerpoint files which you previewed using a link on the attachment in your inbox.

The preview feature replaces the old limited "view as HTML" feature, and looks and functions much nicer than the HTML preview - the ReadWriteWeb also points out that you can edit the document in Google Docs by clicking just once more in the preview mode.

Last week, a Google employee gave a keynote presentation at Usenix WebApps in Boston and talked about the direction GMail is headed in, according to Technology Review. Adam De Boor, an engineer that works on Gmail explained that there's "currently a big push at Gmail to figure out how to take maximum advantage of HTML 5" and that they've already been playing with the new technology, with Gmail recently adding support for users to attach files to emails just by dropping them into the browser window.

De Boor went on to say that they plan to use HTML to get Gmail to perform even faster - apparently Google's experiments with HTML 5 & CSS3 could improve Gmail load time by up to 12 percent. The Gmail team is also looking into web applications more, with the latest experimental development versions of Google Chrome allowing users to install web applications - such as Gmail that would load the web application in the background with up to date information, meaning that when the user goes to the URL for the application or clicks a shortcut to the service, it takes them to the preloaded page much faster.

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shame it doesn't work - just tried to load it in google docs, fails, and then offers to display it in html anyway

"a Google employee gave a keynote presentation at Usenix WebApps in Boston"

Am I the only one who reads that as "Unisex WebApps"??

TYT said,
"a Google employee gave a keynote presentation at Usenix WebApps in Boston"

Am I the only one who reads that as "Unisex WebApps"??

Yeah, probably.

rippleman said,
yes, sorry, i typed that 25 meg thing wrong ... but anything large like that i use mega upload or hot file or whatever.

And Gmail is still 20 megs last time I checked. If you need to send someone something larger than that, you don't email it to them, so your point is moot.

LiquidSolstice said,

And Gmail is still 20 megs last time I checked. If you need to send someone something larger than that, you don't email it to them, so your point is moot.

Or Windows Live Sync.

It's nice to see that there are a few people that like Hotmail. I myself cannot detach myself from Gmail. I think Google hit the nail on the head with its service. If I really need to send a large file; there are plenty of storage providers I can use

potat4o said,
It's nice to see that there are a few people that like Hotmail. I myself cannot detach myself from Gmail. I think Google hit the nail on the head with its service. If I really need to send a large file; there are plenty of storage providers I can use

360 million accounts actually. Gmail has almost 200 million less users.

mackenziepricee said,

360 million accounts actually. Gmail has almost 200 million less users.

How many of those are active? I probably have about 3 idle hotmail accounts from about 10 years ago

DomZ said,

How many of those are active? I probably have about 3 idle hotmail accounts from about 10 years ago

299 million Windows Live Messenger accounts are active so I would say around that.

DomZ said,

How many of those are active? I probably have about 3 idle hotmail accounts from about 10 years ago

How many of Gmail's are active. Ratio remains the same

25 meg attachments would be nice for sure... but i was a long time Hotmail/office user and after using Gmail for 2 years now (still have Hotmail but only log in 1 time per month) i would never go back. I can live without the huge attach ability and the "threaded: conversations is an amazing feature that i would never want to turn off even if you could!

rippleman said,
25 meg attachments would be nice for sure... but i was a long time Hotmail/office user and after using Gmail for 2 years now (still have Hotmail but only log in 1 time per month) i would never go back. I can live without the huge attach ability and the "threaded: conversations is an amazing feature that i would never want to turn off even if you could!

Please! Do not get Hotmail confused with Gmail.

Hotmail has 50MB attachments with an unlimited size inbox and 25GB on Windows Live SkyDrive.

mackenziepricee said,

Please! Do not get Hotmail confused with Gmail.

Hotmail has 50MB attachments with an unlimited size inbox and 25GB on Windows Live SkyDrive.

You don't have unlimited Inbox space. No email provider does. Some (like google) are honest enough to admit there's a limit. This "unlimited" stuff is a bunch of horseshiit.

mackenziepricee said,

Please! Do not get Hotmail confused with Gmail.

Hotmail has 50MB attachments with an unlimited size inbox and 25GB on Windows Live SkyDrive.

still limited to 50 megs per file. if you count third party services then any uploader service gives you at least 100 megs, and you can have a whopping 2gb file with a basic dropbox account.

primexx said,

still limited to 50 megs per file. if you count third party services then any uploader service gives you at least 100 megs, and you can have a whopping 2gb file with a basic dropbox account.

Not sure where Dropbox came into this as I was obviously only talking about Google and Microsoft products.

Even if it is limited to 50MB, Google is 25MB. The winner is obvious.

LiquidSolstice said,

You don't have unlimited Inbox space. No email provider does. Some (like google) are honest enough to admit there's a limit. This "unlimited" stuff is a bunch of horseshiit.

I would ask for a drink but it look's like you already drunk the Kool-Aid. :-)

mackenziepricee said,

Please! Do not get Hotmail confused with Gmail.

Hotmail has 50MB attachments with an unlimited size inbox and 25GB on Windows Live SkyDrive.


Up to 10GB in 1 single email via skydrive (check the new hotmail ads on youtube)

nifke said,

Up to 10GB in 1 single email via skydrive (check the new hotmail ads on youtube)

50mb per file (check the fineprints).

LiquidSolstice said,

You don't have unlimited Inbox space. No email provider does. Some (like google) are honest enough to admit there's a limit. This "unlimited" stuff is a bunch of horseshiit.

Yes they're unlimited. Unlimited as in you will never run out of space. Some people like you think 'unlimited' means endless amount of HDDs on their end.

Glendi said,

Yes they're unlimited. Unlimited as in you will never run out of space. Some people like you think 'unlimited' means endless amount of HDDs on their end.

No, unlimited means no hard drive limits. No email provider has that. They'll all brag and claim to, but eventually, just like unlimited cellphone data plans, they have caps.

day2die said,
Wow, so Google decided to copy Microsoft Office Web Apps's integration with Hotmail.

They thought it was fine to do it. I mean, they already copied half of Bing.

mackenziepricee said,

They thought it was fine to do it. I mean, they already copied half of Bing.

*sigh* it's people like you guys who will always hamper improvement by naysaying it off as "copying". Pathetic.

LiquidSolstice said,

*sigh* it's people like you guys who will always hamper improvement by naysaying it off as "copying". Pathetic.

For your sake I really hope you are not defending Google. Google Search and Maps have been a blatant copy off of Bing since it was released into the wild. You must be on a steady stream of kool-aid.

mackenziepricee said,

For your sake I really hope you are not defending Google. Google Search and Maps have been a blatant copy off of Bing since it was released into the wild. You must be on a steady stream of kool-aid.

Because Bing has been around a lot longer than Google, right? Ha.

LiquidSolstice said,

Because Bing has been around a lot longer than Google, right? Ha.

You implyed that, not me.

MSN was around before Google. Just saying.

day2die said,
Wow, so Google decided to copy Microsoft Office Web Apps's integration with Hotmail.

And hotmail hasn't copied anything from gmail? Like free push to mobile devices or basically unlimited space?

DomZ said,

And hotmail hasn't copied anything from gmail? Like free push to mobile devices or basically unlimited space?

Hotmail has had unlimited space (or atleast space that upgrades as you use it) for years now.

If you are going to call push to mobile for free copying, I spouse I could say Google Chrome is copying off IE, FF, Opera and Safari.

mackenziepricee said,

You implyed that, not me.

MSN was around before Google. Just saying.


indeed Bing (msn, live search) was earlier than google.

mackenziepricee said,

Hotmail has had unlimited space (or atleast space that upgrades as you use it) for years now.

When gmail was launched, hotmail only offered a meager 2 MB of email storage, it took 3 years from gmail's launch for microsoft to offer 2 GB of storage, in fact everyone copied the "unlimited space" feature from gmail, like it or not.

undu said,
When gmail was launched, hotmail only offered a meager 2 MB of email storage, it took 3 years from gmail's launch for microsoft to offer 2 GB of storage, in fact everyone copied the "unlimited space" feature from gmail, like it or not.

Yahoo had unlimited email storage first from what I remember, but you're free to go look this stuff up, I don't really care who did what first. My gmail account is my throwaway account i use on forums and stuff.

GP007 said,

Yahoo had unlimited email storage first from what I remember, but you're free to go look this stuff up, I don't really care who did what first. My gmail account is my throwaway account i use on forums and stuff.

I was on Yahoo when Gmail launched. 6MB was the limit

rippleman said,
try gmail for a month and you will see why its the desired email of most anyone.

I agree. And since I switched my domain to google apps 2 years ago, I have yet to receive ANY spam into my inbox - nor any good e-mails to spam! I love gmail... although I wish they had more themes now! Or a slightly redesigned interface!

rippleman said,
try gmail for a month and you will see why its the desired email of most anyone.

Do you have a 25GB limit on attachments? Do you have an option to turn threaded conversations off? Can you edit documents from right inside of your inbox?

No, No, No.

Try again, I can do this all day.

Nightwind Hawk said,

I agree. And since I switched my domain to google apps 2 years ago, I have yet to receive ANY spam into my inbox - nor any good e-mails to spam! I love gmail... although I wish they had more themes now! Or a slightly redesigned interface!

i just wish they had a mail-export functionality which backs up everything in my archive and their attachments, then i could switch my main account from gmail to google apps.

Fighting about browsers is one thing, but now were fighting over which email provider is the best? Wow. Never ceases to amaze me.

mackenziepricee said,

Do you have a 25GB limit on attachments? Do you have an option to turn threaded conversations off? Can you edit documents from right inside of your inbox?

No, No, No.

Try again, I can do this all day.

Erm, mind telling me which e-mail service you're referring to then that has all of this?

mackenziepricee said,

Do you have a 25GB limit on attachments? Do you have an option to turn threaded conversations off? Can you edit documents from right inside of your inbox?

No, No, No.

Try again, I can do this all day.

Really? Does it come with unicorns that !@#$ rainbows too?

Nightwind Hawk said,

I agree. And since I switched my domain to google apps 2 years ago, I have yet to receive ANY spam into my inbox - nor any good e-mails to spam! I love gmail... although I wish they had more themes now! Or a slightly redesigned interface!

+1
pity much same here - neat interface - great functionality - almost no spam !!

rippleman said,
try gmail for a month and you will see why its the desired email of most anyone.

i used gmail for 3 months and didnt find need for it. now i use it as a junk email address to signup to stuff i dont plan on using long term.

tablet_user said,

i used gmail for 3 months and didnt find need for it. now i use it as a junk email address to signup to stuff i dont plan on using long term.


Same. It's alright, but my Hotmail (@live.com) account serves me just fine with Essentials.

primexx said,

i just wish they had a mail-export functionality which backs up everything in my archive and their attachments, then i could switch my main account from gmail to google apps.

There is a backup solution in the Google Apps Marketplace.

mackenziepricee said,

Do you have a 25GB limit on attachments? Do you have an option to turn threaded conversations off? Can you edit documents from right inside of your inbox?

I'd be ****ed if someone sent me an email with a 25GB attachment. Thats like posting an elephant - there's just better ways of sending such large items...

Ooh, exciting, thats my first ***'ing round these parts! Must remember to watch my mouth!

droolingmonkey said,

I'd be ****ed if someone sent me an email with a 25GB attachment. Thats like posting an elephant - there's just better ways of sending such large items...

You don't represent everyone.

rippleman said,
try gmail for a month and you will see why its the desired email of most anyone.

Tried it when I was invited for about a month and a half.

Guess what Im on now?
Hotmail.

rippleman said,
try gmail for a month and you will see why its the desired email of most anyone.

Using it since 2004 and it's the best email client out there... better than Outlook and definitely better than Hotmail. Hotmail has the worst UI ever.

Remote Sojourner said,

Using it since 2004 and it's the best email client out there... better than Outlook and definitely better than Hotmail. Hotmail has the worst UI ever.

Worst? I guess you haven't seen AOL or even Comcast! I like Hotmail's interface just fine. It's less busier looking than Gmail's.

Owen Williams said,

Scratch that, it's very broken.

What's broken? I've been running Dev for pretty much as long as Chrome has been around and have had very few serious issues...