Showing posts with label Gmail. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gmail. Show all posts

Thursday

Google Introduces "Pinterest Look" In Its Gmail Promotions Tab

Posted By: Arin Dey - March 27, 2014
Gmail is going to enable its users to view the Promotions tab as an imagery look like Pinterest. The feature enables Gmail users to determine if e-mails from sources which contains sales, deals and other offers which may interest them. Users can receive emails like this only if the Promotions tab is enabled.

Google Introduces Pinterest Look In Its Gmail Promotions Tab
Image Credit : Google 
Google's product manager Aaron Rothman stated that “Promotional mail has a lot of images, from pictures of snazzy new shoes to photos of that rock-climbing gym you’ve been wanting to try. But right now, those images are buried inside your messages—and with only subject lines to go on, it can be a challenge to quickly pick out the deals and offers that interest you most. To help you find what you’re looking for faster, you can now sign up for a new field trial for Gmail that lets you view the Promotions tab in a more visual way.”

Users can experience the trial and can take advantage of unlimited scrolling to make it easy to quickly find messages of interest. It is easy to toggle between the new visual grid view and the standard list view with just the click of a button at the top of the tab.

Rothman added that “We’re just experimenting for now, but we hope this view will make it a little bit easier for you to get things done. Sign up at g.co/gmailfieldtrial and if you’re selected, we’ll follow up for your feedback.”

People who use promotional e-mails could see Gmail Developers site to give their readers a better experience using the Gmail imagery promotional tab feature.

Monday

Gmail Spams Hotmail User's Inbox

Posted By: Arin Dey - January 27, 2014
A man from California, named David S. Peck reportedly received thousands of blank e-mail messages. Peck’s issue is directy linked to a Google's Gmail bug seen on last Friday during its outage where a lot of users could not log in to Gmail.


Peck stated Tech Crunch that "I’ve been getting thousands of no-subject, blank e-mails, 500 of them come every hour, I can’t stop them.”

Google's Ben Treynor, VP Engineering explained the issue in its blog post that "an internal system that generates configurations—essentially, information that tells other systems how to behave—encountered a software bug and generated an incorrect configuration. The incorrect configuration was sent to live services over the next 15 minutes, caused users’ requests for their data to be ignored, and those services, in turn, generated errors. Users began seeing these errors on affected services at 11:02 a.m., and at that time our internal monitoring alerted Google’s Site Reliability Team. Engineers were still debugging 12 minutes later when the same system, having automatically cleared the original error, generated a new correct configuration at 11:14 a.m. and began sending it; errors subsided rapidly starting at this time. By 11:30 a.m. the correct configuration was live everywhere and almost all users’ service was restored."

"The issue has been resolved, and we’re now focused on correcting the bug that caused the outage, as well as putting more checks and monitors in place to ensure that this kind of problem doesn't happen again", he added.

Anyway, this explanation fits in to Gmail service down due to outage issue but what about the glitch for which Peck received so many emails? 

What about David S, Peck's issue?

The real scenario was Google mistakenly put his Hotmail address with a link. At the time while searching in Google with the string "Gmail" the users who were already logged in to their Google account used to get a box to compose an e-mail with Peck’s address. As a result Peck got thousands of emails. 

Though this bug has been reported to Google and already been fixed now.

Saturday

Gmail Users Can Send Email To Google+ Connections

Posted By: Poketors - January 11, 2014
Now it is easier to connect with Google+ circles via Gmail. Gmail product manager David Nachum said in a blog post, “Have you ever started typing an e-mail to someone only to realize halfway through the draft that you haven’t actually exchanged e-mail addresses? If you are nodding your head ‘yes’ and already have a Google+ profile, then you’re in luck, because now it’s easier for people using Gmail and Google+ to connect over e-mail.”
Nachum also added that “You control whether people can reach you this way with a new setting in Gmail. E-mailing Google+ connections also takes advantage of Gmail’s new inbox‘s categories.”

Now if you haven't ever sent any email to a person who is in your Google+ circle and still want to send a message then at the time when you're composing a new email, Gmail will suggest your Google+ connections as recipients, even if you haven't exchanged email addresses yet.

Emailing Google+ connections :

Your e-mail address will only be shared with the people of your choosing. Your e-mail address is only visible to a Google+ connection once you send that person an e-mail and vice versa.

If  connections outside Google+ circle want to sen email :

Here in Gmail if someone from one of your circles send you a message, it will turn up in the Primary category. If someone from outside your circles send you an e-mail, it will be filtered into the Social category (if enabled). That person can converse with you only if you respond to the e-mail or add him or her to your circles.

Controlling teh people who can contact you

Nachum said that “You control whether people can reach you this way with a new setting in Gmail. E-mailing Google+ connections also takes advantage of Gmail’s new inbox‘s categories.”
You're in control of whether people can reach you with a new setting in Gmail on the desktop. Lets see how Gmail facilitate the feature with its social network Google+ proving email facility.

Gmail Introduces Showing E-Mailed Images

Posted By: Poketors - December 14, 2013
Earlier due to Google Gmail's security purpose, images used to blocked from showing itself but now it will be automatically displayed in Gmail messages.This wonderful and very new feature will be available across desktop OS, iOS and Android platforms as well.


Google product manager John Rae-Grant in a blog post said that “Have you ever wondered why Gmail asks you before showing images in e-mails. We did this to protect you from unknown senders who might try to use images to compromise the security of your computer or mobile device.”

This improvements to Gmail says that the images are no longer served directly from their original external host servers. Gmail will now serve all images through its own secure proxy servers.

Also the images are checked for malware and viruses to ensure message security without having to click on the old ‘display images below’ link. This automated secured way to use Gmail  is awesome.

Rae-Grant said that “With this new change, your e-mail will now be safer, faster and more beautiful than ever. Similar to existing features like default https access, suspicious activity detection, and free two-step verification, image proxying is another way your email is protected.”

People who prefer the old method may take a few simple steps to ensure they can continue to authorize image display on a per message basis. They have to click on ‘Ask before displaying external images’ under the General tab in Settings.

Rae-Grant said that option will also be the default for users who had previously clicked on ‘Ask before displaying external content.’

Obviously, the new feature will be available on desktop immediately, but there will be delay for Gmail mobile apps until early 2014. Share your comments how does this improve your Gmail experience.

Microsoft Office 365 Over Google Mail

Posted By: Poketors - May 12, 2012
Electronics manufacturer Note unified its communication infrastructure and reduced its IT costs by switching from Google Mail to Microsoft Office 365, which delivered greater value and offered a familiar work environment for its employees. In late 2010, Note adopted the Google service, but the IT team at Note soon determined that the collaboration features Google provided were not meeting business needs. By the end of 2011, Note had switched from Google to Office 365.

Microsoft Office 365 Over Google Mail

“Office 365 is much more integrated and advanced than Google and offers more of the functionality our employees need,” said Mikael Johansson, IT and process development manager at Note. “Our employees can use Office 365 without additional training. Combined with the extended functionality in Microsoft SharePoint Online and Microsoft Lync Online, we think Office 365 offers much more enterprise value than Google.”

Based near Stockholm, Note is one of the largest contract manufacturers of electronics equipment in Scandinavia, with nine factories and 1,000 employees in six countries. Since Note centralized its communications with Office 365, the company is now able to better manage information and provide its employees with new opportunities to collaborate easily and productively.

“Office 365 is a better fit with our overall IT strategy,” Johansson said. “Now we have a single environment we can use to help organize and share information between business teams and across multiple facilities and devices. Google offers no equivalent to the deep integration between Office 365, Microsoft Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online.”

Instead of managing multiple solutions from Google and other providers, Note has reduced costs by consolidating its collaboration environment with Office 365. The company can manage its Office 365 subscriptions under a single agreement and avoid the cost of third-party solutions.“We are a manufacturing company,” Johansson said. “Whenever we can effectively outsource our IT burden like we can with Office 365, we build competitive advantages for our business.”

More information on Microsoft’s customer success stories is available at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/presskits/customerspotlight. More information on Office 365 is available at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/presskits/office.

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Updated Gmail Offline Chrome App

Posted By: Poketors - January 14, 2012
Recently Google has updated Gmail offline Chrome Web Store app. Gmail offline was introduced in mid of 2011. This was based on HTML5-powered app and it enables users to access their Gmail even when they are not online.

Updated Gmail Offline Chrome App
Image Credit : Chrome Web Store
New updates include a new settings page that lets you choose how many days of email you want synchronized for offline viewing. The new settings option lets you choose between 7, 14, or 31 days of emails. There is an update which has all the attachments and will now be downloaded so you’ll have access to them offline.

These improvements include support for keyboard shortcuts. If you have keyboard shortcuts enabled in Gmail, your setting will transfer over to the Gmail offline app. If you’re not sure what you can do with keyboard shortcuts, try pressing ‘?’ next time you’re using Gmail or Offline.

Some performance enhancements like Messages and attachments now download at a faster rate and some bugs have been fixed now.

If you are already using Gmail offline, you’ll see these improvements the next time you open the app. Getting the best experience using Gmail offline, you need to make sure you are using the latest version of Chrome as some features may not work on older versions. So before using this app you should update the Chrome.

Source : GMail Blog

Monday

How To Get Back Your Old Gmail Look

Posted By: Poketors - December 12, 2011
Since Google has rolled out the new look for its Gmail users, most of us are feeling uncomfortable to use it. We are pretty sure that most of the users want their old Gmail look back. Though the new look is clean and clear but still we prefer to use the old look. It may be just because of we are used to the old look.

How To Get Back Your Old Gmail Look

How do you get back old Gmail look:

We believe that you are already using new Gmail look. In this new look there is no option in settings, which will take back to your old Gmail look. Mst of the time people started searching from the Gmail settings and don’t find the old look. Instead of that some theme tab are available that you can select different Gmail themes including HD themes from the list. Lets come to the exact link where you can get the revert button.

To do that please follow the below steps : (Assuming that you are already using new Gmail look)

1. Sign in to your Gmail account.
2. Click on Gear Setting button box which as shown in the below image. 
3. Click on “Revert to the old look temporarily”.


4. After you click on "Revert to the old look temporarily" it will ask you for confirmation or stay back to the new look with a "feedback" option "Tell us why" about the new look as shown in the below figure.
5. Here you can click on "Revert to the old look temporarily" and you will get back old Gmail look.

Frankly speaking, using the new look we find difficult in searching emails and as it is an different user interface so taking time to get accustomed with. Anyway, hopefully Google will introduce some changes in the Gmail look so that everybody will accept it without having second thought.

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