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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A small (but helpful) change to ‘mark as unread’

Posted by David de Kloet, Software Engineer Gmail's threaded conversations are useful because they keep your messages in context -- you don't have to look for previous messages to see what people are talking about. But sometimes, when many people are replying to the same conversation, you open a conversation and quickly wish you hadn't because you don't have time to read all the new messages right then. You could mark the conversation as unread, but this makes all the messages in that conversation unread

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