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New in Labs: Inbox preview

Posted by Peter Balsiger, Software Engineer Whenever I open up my inbox at work, I’m never surprised to find several new messages waiting to be read. The same thing can’t always be said about my personal Gmail account.

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New in Labs: Automatic message translation

Posted by Darren Lewis, Software Engineer Back in the early days of human existence, before language had fully developed, our caveman ancestors probably did a lot of grunting. Language, and thus life, were pretty simple: watch out for that saber-toothed tiger (“Blorg! AIYA!!!”); stop riding the wooly mammoth and help me pick some berries (“Argh. Zagle zorg!”); man, it’s cold in this Ice Age (“Brrrr.”)

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Tasks, now in Calendar too

Posted by Garry Boyer, Software Engineer Ever since we launched Google Calendar , people in our forum have been pretty vocal about a missing piece — an integrated task list. “To-do would be tooo-rific,” “I really, really, really need to use a to-do list,” and my favorite: “I’ll join your team to help you get it done!” The rumble turned into a roar a few months ago when we launched Tasks in Gmail Labs . Now we’ve integrated Tasks into Google Calendar as well

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New in Labs: Google Search right in Gmail

Posted by Adam de Boor, Software Engineer I used to have a problem. People would ask me questions, over chat or email, and I’d have to leave Gmail to search Google for an answer. Then I’d have to select the answer, copy it, go back to Gmail and paste the answer into the chat window or my reply

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New in Labs: Extra emoticons

Posted by Darren Lewis, Software Engineer For a short period of time after launching emoticons for mail , we believed we had successfully captured the entirety of human expression in 19 faces (we’re still debating whether the robot face counts), important representatives of the animal kingdom such as and , emoticons for both love ( ) and heartbreak ( ), and, well, a pile of . But soon a growing feeling of dread overcame the group .

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PowerPoint and TIFF file viewing

Posted by Marc Miller, Software Engineer A few months ago, we added fast online viewing of PDFs in your browser. As of today, that same viewer now supports TIFF and Microsoft PowerPoint document formats too: you can now view TIFF and PPT files online, directly in your browser, without having to save the files to your computer and without needing to buy, install, or wait for any special software to start up. We’ve had a ” View as slideshow ” option for PowerPoint files for a while; now we’ve integrated this conversion technology into the same viewer that we use for PDFs and TIFFs.

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New in Labs: Suggest more recipients

Posted by Ari Leichtberg, Software Engineer Have you ever realized you mistakenly left someone important out of an email, or just spent too much time trying to decide who from your long list of contacts to include?

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New in Labs: Inserting images

Posted by Kent Tamura, Software Engineer Well, it’s about time. You no longer have to use workarounds to put images into your messages or attach images when you really want to inline them. Just turn on “Inserting images” from the Labs tab under Settings, and you’ll see a new toolbar icon like this: Make sure you’re in rich formatting mode, or it won’t show up

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New in Labs: Sender time zone

Posted by Marcin Brodziak, Software Engineer Let’s say your girlfriend sends you an angry email. It’s mostly about how you behaved at the party last night and then left for a business trip without saying goodbye

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