Gmail Allows Address Book Imports

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You may have noticed some changes at Google over the weekend. Besides promoting its newly-acquired digital photo software Picasa on its index page, Google began offering new features to Gmail users. Google now allows users to import their address books from competing services such as Hotmail, AOL Mail and Yahoo! Mail.

Although Yahoo! allows exporting of its address books to services such as Gmail, the process is more complex for users of services such as AOL and Hotmail. Imported contacts must be in CVS format so this may require some extra time for some users.

In addition, Gmail followed the lead of Yahoo and Hotmail in letting users import contacts from Microsoft’s Outlook.

This is just yet another example of the current competition between free email services, which is beginning to rival the search engine industry competition. Google is stepping in to the email realm to cause competition for the same companies that are currently eyeing its top spot in the world of search. Other Google services, including its online community Orkut, only help to increase that competition.

Google has declined to comment on these new features, although the Gmail website does make the following proclamation about the changes: “You asked. We said they were coming. And now, they’re here.”

Brittany Thompson is an administrator for WebProWorld.com and contributes to the Insider Reports with her regular articles and interviews.

Gmail Allows Address Book Imports
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