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Google and Yahoo Continue Email Improvements

Gmail and Yahoo Mail Get New Features

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The Gmail Team has been very busy, as they have released yet another new feature in Labs. This time they have launched the ability to turn emails into Google Docs documents.

"No more copying and pasting the text from your email — just open the message you wish to convert, click the "Create a document" link on the right side of the page, and voila, you have a brand new document which you can then modify and share," explains Software Engineer Jeremie Lenfant-Engelmann at the Gmail Blog.

He also notes that you can open up a blank document by simply hitting g then w (as long as you have keyboard shortcuts turned on), even if you are not looking to convert a message into a document. Although, I notice using Firefox, you have to make sure you are accepting pop-ups from Gmail, because otherwise it will be blocked.

Google continues to improve upon Gmail, almost on a daily basis it seems. Other recent enhancements include a PDF viewing option, SMS capability, voice and video chat, a tasks feature, and a desktop gadget that allows you to login to multiple accounts simultaneously.

Yahoo better keep looking over its shoulder in the email department, where it actually rules over Google in market share. As Gmail continues to improve, there is a strong possibility that it will attract more users. Although a number of Gmail’s useful features are still in Labs.

To be fair though, Yahoo’s been working on improvements of their own, so don’t sail them down the river just yet. Just the other day they announced their new "smarter inbox" which gives users immediate access to third-party applications like Flickr, Flixster, and Xoopit. So far, this is only available in limited beta to Yahoo Mail power users. More on that in the video below:


2009 defintiely looks to be an interesting year for search, but we might be seeing a lot of cool new things in email services as well.

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  • http://inchoo.net Toni Anicic

    I have noticed that Y! upgraded my e-mail today. I can see mostly design and usability changes. I like the new look more so it’s a good change :)

    • Chris Crum

      We’d probably be hearing a lot more about it if it wasn’t!

  • http://www.dogarthritiscare.com Andrei

    Google and yahoo alway compete each other, since google already overtook the yahoo on search engine, i guess there has to be something to win over google

    • Chris Crum

      It’ll be interesting to see if that lasts.

  • http://orange.pinkygirl.org Seo Test

    they are always like that. fighting each other to get more quality services… if they not fight each other how can they do improve their services everyday?? you can imagine what happen if they do nothing without improving their services, where they are right now?

  • http://www.diamondonnet.com/ Diamonds

    I both have yahoo mail and gmail. I still like yahoo a little better but google definitely is trying to catch up to them. most of my contacts are in yahoo also… its just like switching cell phone numbers…

  • http://www.posicionarsitio.es posicionarsitio

    I got both, gmail and yahoo!. But I don’t really know why I prefer yahoo. Perhaps is easier. Perhaps is more direct. Perhaps it is just for the habit of using. But, I acept gmail has a lot of features I love. Anyway, I can’t help using yahoo

    http://www.posicionarsitio.es

  • http://www.classifiedsdir.com/ classifieds

    i guess there has to be something to win over google

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