Saturday, May 13, 2006

Gmail with contacts pictures

Gmail with contact pictures

Just checkin the Gmail this morning and I saw that Google just rolled out 2 more enhancements:

  • Contact Pictures: Gmail pictures allow you to put a face to a name, by showing user-selected pictures when you roll over a name in your inbox, Contacts, or Quick Contacts list. You can choose your own photo for yourself and for your contacts, suggest a photo for a contact to use, or see what your friends have selected for themselves. Gmail pictures can be configured to show to all users who you email or who email you, or they can be limited to only those users who are able see when you’re online. You can see a full list of users who can see your online status from the All Contacts tab of your Contacts page – they’ll be listed with a colored ball next to their name.
  • Gtalk Sounds:If you have Flash enabled on your computer, Gmail will play an audio notification for each incoming chat. Audio notifications are enabled by default, but you can always disable them.

In short nothing big but those are cute. I would like to see the pictures in the emails too not only on mouse over.

What's new on Gmail?

Just launched!

A picture's worth a thousand words
With contact pictures in Gmail, you can pick ones for yourself, see which ones your friends have chosen, and set certain pictures to show up for specific people in your Gmail account. Best of all, you can even send picture suggestions to your friends. Learn more

We're in the process of rolling this feature out to all users, so keep an eye out for it in your account!

Gmail Photos Gmail Photos

Gmail Chat now has sound!

Never miss out on a chat in Gmail again. Now there’s a "ping" when people send you a chat. Learn more

What's been keeping us busy...
Ever since we launched Gmail, we've been working hard to make it better. Here are a few of the features we've added:

  • Gmail Chat
    Get in touch with your friends instantly, from right inside Gmail! It's the biggest thing to happen to Gmail, since well, Gmail. Learn more

    Chats in Gmail

  • Delete button
    Delete the messages you really don't want. For the rest, use Archive, which removes a message from your Inbox, but keeps it in All Mail so you can always find it later. Learn moreGmail Mobile

  • Gmail Mobile
    Point your phone's web browser to to access Gmail from your mobile phone or device. It's easy to use and it's free (but yes, your wireless plan could still charge you). Learn more

    It also has these cool features:
    • Automatically optimizes the interface for the phone you're using
    • Opens the attachments you receive in messages, including photos, Microsoft Word documents and .pdf files
    • Lets you reply by call to people whose phone numbers are in your Gmail Contacts list

  • Vacation auto-responder
    Set an auto-response so that if you're lying on a beach or taking a train across Siberia, your friends will know you won't be checking your email. Learn more

  • Contact groups
    One of our most-requested features is finally here! Now you can send messages to a group instead of having to pick out the individual addresses every time. Learn more

  • RSS feeds in Gmail
    View your favorite RSS feeds right in Gmail as "Clips" along the top of your Gmail screen. Display clips from blogs, news sites and other online sources. Pick from the latest headlines, random popular feeds, or add any RSS/Atom feed you want. Learn more

    RSS feeds in Gmail

  • View as HTML
    Now you can view Microsoft Office, OpenOffice or .pdf attachments as web pages by clicking the "View as HTML" link instead of downloading. For when you want to see it faster, you're on a mobile device, or you don't want to install software just to view a document. Learn more

  • Gmail shortcutsShortcuts on the right
    Now Gmail automatically detects addresses and tracking numbers, and displays useful information such as directions and package tracking alongside your messages. Learn more

  • Virus scanning is here!
    For your protection, Gmail now automatically scans for viruses every time you open or send a message with an attachment. We even try our best to remove all the viruses we find. Learn more

  • Export contacts
    Export your Gmail Contacts and save them in a file for back-up or to use in another account or service–great if you're using Gmail's free POP access. Learn more

  • Auto-save
    Saves to ‘Drafts' as you're composing. Never lose a half-written email again.

  • Get to Gmail from any web page
    Download the new Gmail-enabled Google Toolbar. Search your mail or instantly go to your Inbox from any web page with just one click. Learn more

  • Offline access to messages
    Google Desktop lets you search your computer for files, music, photos, chats, web pages you've seen, and now, your Gmail messages too. Even if you're offline.

  • Gmail on
    See your new messages directly from your personalized homepage.

  • Google Talk
    IM and make free calls through your computer with Google Talk. Your Gmail contacts are even pre-loaded. Learn more

  • Customized 'From:' addresses
    Customize the address on your outgoing messages to display another one of your addresses instead. Learn more

  • An application for Macs
    The Gmail Notifier for Mac OS X even supports plug-in development.

  • More languages
    Now you can use Gmail in 38 languages: US and UK English, simplified and traditional Chinese, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. Learn more

  • More storage
    Storage is an important part of email, which is why Gmail now gives you over 2.5 gigabytes of free space (and growing every day)! Learn more

  • Rich text formatting
    Use fonts, colors, highlighting and other rich formatting options when you compose messages. Learn more

  • An easier way to send up to 10MB of photos
    Gmail now works with Picasa, Google's free photo organizer, so you can easily send photos from your Gmail account. Learn more

  • Support for more browsers
    Basic HTML view lets you access your Gmail messages from almost any computer running almost any web browser. Learn more

  • Free POP access and automatic forwarding
    Access your mail the way you want to. Download your messages. Read them offline. Use your Blackberry or Outlook or any POP-enabled device. Or forward new messages to an email account you specify. You can even switch to other email services without having to worry about losing access to your messages. Think of it as email portability Learn more

  • Import Contacts
    Move all your contacts from Yahoo! Mail, Outlook, and others to Gmail in just a few clicks. Learn more

  • Signature options
    From the settings page, create a signature that's automatically added to the end of all your outgoing messages. Learn more

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