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This notifier along with Windows 7’s taskbar and jump list makes a powerful application –


Unread messages count –


Easy preview of messages –

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Get work done faster with jump lists – everything you wana do is just click away.


And that’s about it! It is using Gmail secured RSS feed to retrieve the mails so it should be pretty safe. Credentials are saved using a machine’s dependent encryption. Here are some more screens:

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You can get Gmail notifier plus for Windows 7 here.

[via neowin forums]



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Google has brought Google translation to Gmail too… all you have to do is just go to settings and enable message translation.

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After all that speculation, Gmail is finally available offline and works pretty much the same way other Google products work. You’ll need to have Google Gears installed and this is an Labs feature unlike with other Google products.


After enabling this feature even if you’re offline, you can open your web browser, go to gmail.com, and get to your mail just like you’re used to.

Once you turn on this feature, Gmail uses Gears to download a local cache of your mail. As long as you’re connected to the network, that cache is synchronized with Gmail’s servers. When you lose your connection, Gmail automatically switches to offline mode, and uses the data stored on your computer’s hard drive instead of the information sent across the network. You can read messages, star and label them, and do all of the things you’re used to doing while reading your webmail online. Any messages you send while offline will be placed in your outbox and automatically sent the next time Gmail detects a connection. And if you’re on an unreliable or slow connection (like when you’re “borrowing” your neighbor’s wireless), you can choose to use “flaky connection mode,” which is somewhere in between: it uses the local cache as if you were disconnected, but still synchronizes your mail with the server in the background.

Gmail offline is available (sadly) only for Gmail users in US and UK only, hopefully it will be available for everyone else.

To get started:

  1. Click Settings and click the Labs tab.
  2. Select Enable next to Offline Gmail.
  3. Click Save Changes.
  4. After your browser reloads, you’ll see a new “Offline0.1” link in the upper righthand corner of your account, next to your username. Click this link to start the offline set up process and download Gears if you don’t already have it.

[via Official Gmail Blog]

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Do you find it frustrating to go to another tab to watch that cool video which your buddy has just pinged when another friend of yours is waiting for a response from you, wouldn’t it be a lot easier if you could chat as well as watch video without switching to another tab. Well it now possible, thanks to Gmail, you can now watch videos right inside the chat window, but it’s limited to YouTube and Google Videos only. Just click the preview, and the video will play right there.


Cool eh?

[via Gmail Blog]


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Thanks to Google Desktop Gadgets team, now you can access your Gmail on your desktop without even launching your email client or browser. The only thing you need is Google Desktop 5 or above and you are on.


The gadget does everything from reading, searching, staring and sending messages to contact auto-complete. The keyboard shortcuts are also similar to web-based Gmail. You can also open multiple instances of the gadget and log each into a different Gmail account. It sadly doesn’t have a sound notification.

You can get Gmail Desktop Gadget here.

[via Official Gmail blog]


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I was waiting for the themes to be activated in my Gmail before writing this post. The themes are really cool and I’m lovin’ it.

There are many unofficial add-ons which gives a facelift to Gmail but unfortunately slows it too. Not anymore Gmail team has released some 30 odd themes which will make your Gmail more colorful and funkier. There’s a shiny theme with chrome styling, another one that turns your inbox into a retro notepad, nature themes that change scenery over time, weather driven themes that can rain on your mailbox, and fun characters to keep you in good company. There is even an geeky green old school ascii theme.

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And in case due to any unthinkable reason you don’t want a theme, the default one has been given a minor facelift to make it crisper and cleaner.

Go change the theme of your inbox, go to the Themes tab under Settings.

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Tell me which theme you are using in comments.

[via Gmail Blog]


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The Gmail team today introduced voice and video chat right inside Gmail.

You just have to download and install the voice and video plugin and restart the browser and  Gmail does the rest.

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Once you install the plugin, to start a video chat, just click on the “Video & more” menu at the bottom of your Gmail chat window, and choose “Start video chat.” You’ll have a few seconds to make sure you look presentable while it’s ringing, and then you’ll see and hear your friend live, right from within Gmail. You can click the “pop-out” iconto make the video larger, or click the fullscreen iconin the upper left-hand corner for a fully immersive experience.

The video and voice quality of the service are excellent but be warned it uses a lot of memory and slower computers might get stuck. Newer computers are unlikely to face this problem.

The addition of voice and video makes Gmail a more compelling product. It’s very nice to have all the major communications channels (e-mail, chat, voice, video, and soon, SMS) in one place and under one log-on.

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Google has also tied up with Logitech and Buy.com to help you buy a webcam.

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[via Gmail Blog]

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