Gmail gets two new features

On The Official Gmail Blog, Google has posted two new features that have been added to their popular Gmail webmail service. Unlike many recently rolled out features, these particular ones aren't categorized as Labs. These are fully functional, hard coded features, baked right into Gmail. The new features are drag and drop attachments, and insert calendar invitation.

Drag and drop attachments

  • The ability to attach files by dragging them from your PC straight into your Gmail window
  • Only supported by Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox 3.6
  • Other browsers will work as well, once they support this type of functionality

Gmail Drag and Drop Attachments

 

Insert calendar invitation

  • A tighter integration between Gmail and Calendar
  • Lets you attach and schedule a meeting or event right inside the email you're sending
  • The event shows up in your calendar and gives the recipients the option of accepting or rejecting it
  • Assuming the people being invited have shared calendars, you will be able to see their schedules and set up an event accordingly
  • Will have heavy appeal to Enterprises who use Gmail as their company's email provider

Gmail Insert Invitation

Gmail Insert Invitation 2

Images taken from The Official Gmail Blog (source 1 and source 2)

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Are we really comparing email clients like they make any difference? Your sending packets of data over a network either via w.e protocol, but no matter what, its still just text or an attachment. Dont over complicate corporate email, its no different then my email at home, and to be honest, I would trust Gmail Engineers over any Exchange system admin. Exchange is resource heavy, pricey, and an overrrated email server. If I had it my way, Id put everyone on a web based email, not only does it allow users access to email via home without going thru hoops to get OWA to run from home, but its simple... something Exchange has been missing since day 1... simplicity.

owensd said,
Why no Safari support? Safari supports this as well...

Maybe they're working on it. Or maybe it's because Google and Apple had a fight, and haven't made up yet.

NeoTrunks said,

Maybe they're working on it. Or maybe it's because Google and Apple had a fight, and haven't made up yet.

As the news said, other browsers does not support this functionality. Chrome and Firefox are the best ones, and not only because they support things like this

Matt A. Tobin said,
The gap between Desktop App and Web App are closeing rapidly.

And it needs to since Chrome OS is all about the Web.

DRAG AND DROP? YES! It took a while but we're definitely turning the curve from traditional desktop email clients. Nice move!

neoxphuse said,
Calendar sucks still, nothing compared to Office.

Wow, comparing a free online feature of a webmail service to a commercial app suite that costs over $100. Really intelligent there

roadwarrior said,

Wow, comparing a free online feature of a webmail service to a commercial app suite that costs over $100. Really intelligent there

He was comparing two competing products, it doesn't matter what they cost. Exchange will always be king in enterprise scenarios no matter how much of a tiny percent that tiny companies cheap out by using gmail.

I use gmail for personal email and exchange at work and can tell you that currently, gmail is light years away from being a viable business option. Especially if your company uses the other Microsoft offerings like communications server. The seamlessness and options of that can't be matched by a web app.

neoxphuse said,
Calendar sucks still, nothing compared to Office.

Cannot really compare an web app with a desktop app. Web apps are light years away from what desktop apps can do. The gap will be smaller as time goes by, but still...

It's not got all the functionality of Outlook but as time goes on its getting closer all the time. I used to always use IMAP clients for my mail. Since I moved to Google Apps I now only use the web client. This past month since announcing discontinued support for IE6 the features have been coming thick and fast.

Personally if I were starting my own company I would look straight at Google Apps. I can get the most important features from Microsoft Office and Exchange for free.

Excellent to see this works with Google Apps. I'm always reading about these new and interesting Gmail features that I don't get to use with my Google Apps account. Like Buzz... despite soon realising I wouldn't use it anyway, I would have liked the option.

aka HTML 5.0 support. I suspect "Other browsers will work as well, once they support this type of functionality" mean IE 9.

torrentthief said,
security lol, google spies on you, it was founded using CIA money. You don't get any security with them!
Really? My Cyberlaw teacher mentioned Facebook was also founded in part with CIA money. Didn't mention google... wow.

cybertimber2008 said,
Really? My Cyberlaw teacher mentioned Facebook was also founded in part with CIA money. Didn't mention google... wow.

not sure about facebook but facebook censors alot, they censor collateralmurder.org website in status' and delete accounts of protestors and politic causes that govts don't want.

Also i've heard that the NSA has a direct connection to the SQL database of facebook so they can look at anyone's profiles, groups etc without a warrant.

If you didn't already know the heads of the mainstream news channels ABC, FOX, MSNBC, CNN etc are former high-level CIA directors and other high level ppl. The CIA basically controls the whole media.

torrentthief said,

not sure about facebook but facebook censors alot, they censor collateralmurder.org website in status' and delete accounts of protestors and politic causes that govts don't want.

Also i've heard that the NSA has a direct connection to the SQL database of facebook so they can look at anyone's profiles, groups etc without a warrant.

If you didn't already know the heads of the mainstream news channels ABC, FOX, MSNBC, CNN etc are former high-level CIA directors and other high level ppl. The CIA basically controls the whole media.

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Agreed @ the paranoia.

While it is true that Google and Facebook are highly connected to CIA money in their origins I think the rest is a little far fetched.

omni1 said,
Agreed @ the paranoia.

While it is true that Google and Facebook are highly connected to CIA money in their origins I think the rest is a little far fetched.

research the heads of those mainstream tv networks, they all worked in high level CIA positions, its not paranoia if its true!

As for the nsa connection to the facebook sql database, its a rumour, not confirmed but it certainly wouldn't suprise me.

Try typing "collateralmurder.com" in your facebook status, it won't let you, facebook don't want you to see the wikileaks video of the murder of iraqi civilians and the reuters journalists.

torrentthief said,

research the heads of those mainstream tv networks, they all worked in high level CIA positions, its not paranoia if its true!

As for the nsa connection to the facebook sql database, its a rumour, not confirmed but it certanly wouldn't suprise me.

Try typing "collateralmurder.com" in your facebook status, it won't let you, facebook don't want you to see the wikileaks video of the murder of iraqi civilians and the reuters journalists.

Err, you can make that website your status, you just have to complete a Captcha first. My status has that website in it right now.

torrentthief said,

research the heads of those mainstream tv networks, they all worked in high level CIA positions, its not paranoia if its true!

As for the nsa connection to the facebook sql database, its a rumour, not confirmed but it certainly wouldn't suprise me.

Try typing "collateralmurder.com" in your facebook status, it won't let you, facebook don't want you to see the wikileaks video of the murder of iraqi civilians and the reuters journalists.

So what, the video has been completely discredited by reputable sources
Unless you buy into the lie about the Military killing "innocent" journalists

torrentthief said,

not sure about facebook but facebook censors alot, they censor collateralmurder.org website in status' and delete accounts of protestors and politic causes that govts don't want.

Also i've heard that the NSA has a direct connection to the SQL database of facebook so they can look at anyone's profiles, groups etc without a warrant.

If you didn't already know the heads of the mainstream news channels ABC, FOX, MSNBC, CNN etc are former high-level CIA directors and other high level ppl. The CIA basically controls the whole media.

Quick, put your tin foil hat back on!

Purify said,
The photo feature is super cool!
I always preferred Gmail because of the additional security.

Lol, 'additional security'? Don't tell me you're serious.

Finally this will make it much easier for me now. Thank google now I can offical use you guys as my main email.

Alladaskill said,
Nice! I really like the photo, attachment drag n' drop feature. I have no use for the calendar one though.

I have always dreamt about the drag & drop feature for files and pictures on Hotmail. Good to see in Google though