Free calling in Gmail extended through 2011

Posted by Robin Schriebman, Software EngineerWhen we launched calling in Gmail back in August, we wanted it to be easy and affordable, so we made calls to the U.S. and Canada free for the rest of 2010. In the spirit of holiday giving and to help people…

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Restore your contacts

Posted by Amanda Camp, Software EngineerThere are many times in life when a do-over can come in handy. Perhaps you clicked “Send” on an email that was better left unsaid, or “Delete” on a contact before realizing you still needed it. Just like …

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Event time zones in Google Calendar

Posted by Oleksandr Kyreiev, Software EngineerDealing with time zones can be a headache. Whether you’re a regular traveler or trying to plan ahead for your weekend in Paris, it’s often difficult to keep track of time differences. We’ve heard your…

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New in Labs: Smart mute and easier ways to unmute

Posted by Bruce DiBello, Software EngineerIf you subscribe to a lot of mailing lists and like to keep an empty inbox, muting (or preventing a conversation from re-entering your inbox) is an essential feature. We just made a few changes that should make…

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New in Labs: Recently used emoji

Posted by Darren Lewis, Software EngineerWhen we added emoticons in Gmail, you responded with a nice big smile , but then you asked for more. So we added hundreds more emoticons through Gmail Labs. “But alas!” you cried. “How can I ever keep up w…

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Optional attendees in Google Calendar

Posted by Karol Stosiek, Software Engineering InternTime is one of our most precious resources. Despite their necessity, meetings tend to vary in importance for different attendees. John might be really interested in his team’s weekly meeting, wherea…

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Gmail homepage makeover

Posted by Jason Toff, Product Marketing ManagerIf you visited the Gmail log-in page recently, you may have noticed that things looked a wee bit different. We decided to give this page a bit of a facelift and updated a few of Gmail’s other pages whil…

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Five new themes

Posted by Manu Cornet, Software EngineerManu: Hey, how would you fancy some new Gmail themes?Jake: Sure, I would love that! How usable are they?Manu: Huh, usable? Well, there’s a flishy-flashy theme that blinks every…Jake: What? I don’t want thin…

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New in Labs: Auto-advance to the next conversation

Posted by Bruce DiBello, Software EngineerToday, whenever you open an email in your Gmail inbox and then archive or delete it, you’re taken back to your inbox. Many of you have asked for the ability to instead go to the next conversation. Keyboard ni…

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Help us improve Tasks

Posted by David Tattersall, Associate Product ManagerIf you’re using Tasks, you’ve probably thought about something you’d like us to improve or an additional feature you wish you had. Well, we want to hear your ideas — whether they’re for…

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