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November 02, 2012

Google Rolls Out New Multitasking-Friendly Compose System for Gmail

By Rory Lidstone, TMCnet Contributing Writer

Google's (News - Alert) Gmail service is considered by many to be among the best Web-based e-mail services available. The reason for this is Google's tireless efforts toward improving this service. For example, the search giant just recently updated the way e-mail composition works in Gmail, making it easier to compose multiple messages simultaneously.

The new composition system basically works like Gmail's built-in chat program, as pressing the compose button will pop up a clean window in the bottom right-hand corner of the browser window. Pressing compose multiple times will bring up multiple windows, which can be minimized and popped out into a separate browser window, again just like Gmail's chat.

Users can also easily switch back to the old compose method by clicking on the "more options" button on the bottom right of the compose window.

While the ability to pop out a composition has long been a feature in Gmail, it was clunky compared to this new HTML5-based system and many didn't even know they had that option.

The new compose method makes it much easier to multitask within Gmail.

"Saving a draft, opening the old email, and then reopening your draft wastes valuable minutes," said Phil Sharp, product manager for Gmail. "The new compose pops up in a window, just like chats (only larger)."

"The new compose is designed to let you focus on what's important: your message," added Sharp (News - Alert)."The controls are still there when you need them but get out of the way when you don’t. We’ve even added some new features like the ability to easily insert in-line images and have more to come."

Google plans to continually improve this feature and will shortly add the ability to see a contact's picture as you type in his or her e-mail address, as well as the ability to drag and drop addresses between the ‘to,’ ‘cc’ and ‘bcc’ fields.

In August, Google introduced Gmail search results, enabling the Google search engine to mine data from users' respective Gmail accounts for more personalized results.

Around that time, the company also updated its mobile Gmail app for seven-inch Android (News - Alert) tablets, shortly after the release of the Nexus 7.

Edited by Braden Becker
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