Google has introduced 13 new features in Gmail which users can access by clicking “labs” tab in the Gmail settings page. These experimental features are meant to improve and evolve the experience for users.
This was announced by Keith Coleman, a Gmail product manager.
According to Coleman:
The idea is you can do whatever you want, get it out to tens of millions of people, and get feedback.
Some of the new features are:
- Quick Links: A quick-link tool that lets people bookmark specific Gmail messages. It adds a module to the Gmail sidebar where you can store links to searches, views, and even individual messages.
- Superstars: Which lets people select custom stars to label mail. You can flag, star, and otherwise mark messages using up to 12 different colored and shaped icons.
- Email addict: A tool that lets people lock themselves out of their e-mail account for 14 minutes.
- Fixed-width font: Option to view a message within a font whose characters are the same width–handy for some formatting challenges.
- Mouse gestures: It lets user take actions based on mouse movements.
- Custom shortcuts: You can define custom keyboard shortcuts.
- Signature tweaks: That let people automatically add a signature file above quoted text in an e-mail reply.
- Muzzle: It conserves buddy-list screen real estate by hiding status messages.
- Snakey: Good old snakey game to play with.
We’d like to get to a point where more people can build on this. That would require something with a different level of interface. We’re interested in making it possible of users and us to iterate on the product faster, so it’s something we’re interested in.
At the time of writing this news not all users have been updated with these news features. So wait for some time and once your Gmail account is Labs-enabled, you’ll get a Labs tab in the Settings area of your account where you can enable thse 13 new experimental Gmail features.