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New Version of Gmail Being Tested

Zonk posted about 7 years ago | from the every-solid-companion dept.

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Keith writes "Gmail was launched on April 1, 2004, and has revolutionized the way many of us use email. The interface has remained largely untouched since it launched, but get ready, it's soon to undergo a change in what they describe as a 'New Version'. Only a select few people have access to use the new interface — mainly employees and trusted people outside the company called 'Trusted Testers'. From the ZDNet blog entry: 'Google lets every-day users who are fluent in both English and another language translate small snippets of English text into the language of their choice. This is how they can offer services in several languages without spending a dime on professional translators. Unfortunately, exposing sensitive information in this manner makes it hard to keep a secret. One of my readers, who wishes to remain anonymous, stumbled across an interesting snippet of text (which I confirmed exists) spilling the beans on a new version of Gmail that is either currently being tested, or about to be released to testing in short order.'"

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POP (-1, Troll)

aedan (196243) | about 7 years ago | (#20722011)

Or just use a POP client.

I prefer IMAP (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20722071)

Why use POP when you can use IMAP? As long as you can backup your messages on your local computers, I don't see any benefit of using POP over IMAP.

Re:I prefer IMAP (2, Interesting)

empaler (130732) | about 7 years ago | (#20722087)

Good luck getting IMAP to work on your GMail account. If you know of an implementation of a such, please share.

Re:I prefer IMAP (3, Interesting)

DaleGlass (1068434) | about 7 years ago | (#20722235)

Gmail is really pointless with IMAP anyway.

I use offline IMAP here. The best of both worlds, my mail is on the server and accessible anywhere, but also cached locally so I still can see what was there even if the connection fails.

Re:POP (1)

akasch (1159557) | about 7 years ago | (#20722903)

gmail rocks i really hope they don't screw it up, only free email that can forward and/or do POP & STMP

The feature everybody wants! (5, Funny)

Stephen Williams (23750) | about 7 years ago | (#20722025)

Oooh! Oooh! Let's hope it has Flash ads!

-Stephen

Re:The feature everybody wants! (4, Funny)

eebra82 (907996) | about 7 years ago | (#20722611)

According to a friend of mine, who knows someone who knows a person who is a compulsive liar, we might end up seeing Silverlight ads instead.

Must be a slow day (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20722027)

Software company develops newer version of existing software. News at 11!

:P (4, Insightful)

n1hilist (997601) | about 7 years ago | (#20722107)

I'm a nerd, It's news to me, it matters.

why does it matter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20722277)

the new features seem useless from what I read.

Dr. Dre would be proud (5, Funny)

User 956 (568564) | about 7 years ago | (#20722031)

The interface has remained largely untouched since it launched, but get ready, it's soon to undergo a change in what they describe as a 'New Version'.

Does that mean they're going to rename the existing version "O.G. Mail?"

Bit speculative (5, Insightful)

Pop69 (700500) | about 7 years ago | (#20722041)

So, on the basis of 2 words in a translation request, there is a whole new version of Gmail coming out ?

How the hell did this get to be news ?

Re:Bit speculative (4, Funny)

desenz (687520) | about 7 years ago | (#20722081)

Did you happen to notice what those two words were translated to? Pig latin. Is there really a pig latin version of google?

Re:Bit speculative (5, Informative)

the-amazing-blob (917722) | about 7 years ago | (#20722103)

Actually, Google has some funky languages to choose from, including Pig Latin, Esperanto, and "bork bork bork" (swedish chef). They're on the preferences page, and I believe apply to all Google services

Re:Bit speculative (2, Funny)

mithras the prophet (579978) | about 7 years ago | (#20722167)

...and there's someone that they pay to translate phrases into Pig Latin? (a) couldn't that be done by computer, (b) how the heck do you get that job? Document your extensive travel and work experience in Pig Latin America?

Re:Bit speculative (2, Informative)

x_MeRLiN_x (935994) | about 7 years ago | (#20722273)

From the summary:

Google lets every-day users who are fluent in both English and another language translate small snippets of English text into the language of their choice. This is how they can offer services in several languages without spending a dime on professional translators.

Re:Bit speculative (1)

calebt3 (1098475) | about 7 years ago | (#20722285)

The article states that they do not pay anyone for translations. Read it again for the explanation of how it works.

Re:Bit speculative (4, Funny)

JensenDied (1009293) | about 7 years ago | (#20723241)

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Re:Bit speculative (5, Informative)

iacvlvs (1155873) | about 7 years ago | (#20722123)

RTFA. The "Phrase in English" is "Newer Version" - and in the "Translation Help" section, it reads "Link that users can click on if they are part of the trusted testers program to go to the newer UI." On the basis of being asked to translate a link to the new UI, there's a whole new UI coming out.

Make that 9 words (5, Informative)

AySz88 (1151141) | about 7 years ago | (#20722317)

Here comes 7 more words for ya. [zdnet.com] At least it has a possible new feature, this time. (Breaking news! Now with 350% more proof!)

Re:Bit speculative (5, Insightful)

Cutriss (262920) | about 7 years ago | (#20722327)

How the hell did this get to be news?
Posted by Zonk on Sunday September 23, @05:13PM

That's how.

Re:Bit speculative (1)

FrivolousPig (602133) | about 7 years ago | (#20722487)

Yes, probably one that supports "Pig Latin" since that is the language they are asking for in the screen shot. I'm Excited!

Re:Bit speculative (2, Insightful)

Nimey (114278) | about 7 years ago | (#20722671)

Google is the new Apple.

Nothing to see here (0, Redundant)

empaler (130732) | about 7 years ago | (#20722045)

How do I know they are working on a "New Version"? Well, Google lets every-day users who are fluent in both English and another language translate small snippets of English text into the language of their choice.
...
One of my readers, who wishes to remain anonymous, stumbled across an interesting snippet of text (which I confirmed exists) spilling the beans on a new version of Gmail that is either currently being tested, or about to be released to testing in short order. It's small, but telling -- here is a screenshot...
Someone was asked to translate "Newer version" for the Gmail UI. Big deal.
This truly is the bottom of the barrel.

Re:Nothing to see here (2, Insightful)

kebes (861706) | about 7 years ago | (#20722099)

Someone was asked to translate "Newer version" for the Gmail UI. Big deal. This truly is the bottom of the barrel.
It's even worse than that. At no point does TFA provide evidence that the text "New Version" is related to Gmail, and not some other Google product. It could be a new version of Google Calendar or a new version of Google Scholar. (It could even be outdated text referring to a "New Version" of a product that has already been released.)

Or... it could just be one of thousands of random snippets of text that appear on various Google documents, and requires translation into other languages. There is no evidence here... only wild speculation. The author of TFA is either an idiot, holding back information, or is trying to create some kind of joke.

Re:Nothing to see here (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20722177)

See the top of the screenshot: Translate Phrase for Gmail UI. That does rather sound like it's for Gmail.

Nothing to see here (cause we aren't looking lol) (5, Informative)

weirdcrashingnoises (1151951) | about 7 years ago | (#20722183)

maybe you missed the big, bold "Translate Phrase for Gmail UI" at the top of the image?

or maybe u missed the "Link that users can click on if they are part of the trusted testers program to go to the newer UI." that is near the bottom?

+1 irony for subject title this was posted under... "nothing to see here"

Re:Nothing to see here (1)

stevied (169) | about 7 years ago | (#20722199)

It's even worse than that. At no point does TFA provide evidence that the text "New Version" is related to Gmail, and not some other Google product.

Apart from the bit that says "Translate phrase for Gmail UI"?

(It could even be outdated text referring to a "New Version" of a product that has already been released.)

Possibly. But agaom. if you do look at the image in TFA, it says "newer UI", and AFAIK Gmail has only ever had one (excluding variations such as the simple HTML mode, etc.)

Look over here! (2, Interesting)

Mal-2 (675116) | about 7 years ago | (#20722275)

What are they distracting us from? Does Google really need human help to translate into Pig Latin. Iay ont'day inkthay osay. This sounds too much to me like an "accidentally on purpose" leak. Either they want us to know about it to create some free buzz, or it's sleight of hand to distract us from something else they're doing. Either way, there is probably a new something on the way. It just may not be Google Mail.

Mal-2

Re:Look over here! (1)

larry bagina (561269) | about 7 years ago | (#20722613)

Maybe they're weeding out translators that won't keep quiet. Is the google distributed translation English -> ??? only? Their buddies at the NSA/CIA/FBI are busy translating arabic/persian/chinese/korean.

Re:Nothing to see here (1)

AySz88 (1151141) | about 7 years ago | (#20722299)

I wouldn't say no evidence that it's related to Gmail. Take a look at the screenshot - it explicitly says "Gmail UI". Of course, that fact should be taken at face value.

Re:Nothing to see here (2, Insightful)

Aladrin (926209) | about 7 years ago | (#20722315)

Someone already pointed out that the translation if for the 'GMail UI', so yeah, it's for GMail.

But what nobody's proven is that there are any significant differences. 'New Version' might mean it's using a newer AJAX library, or has different colors. I don't care about color changes, but I care about functionality changes. Especially since I convinced the company I work for to use them for mail, and I use the web interface exclusively. If it takes a turn for the worse, I'll end up going back to Thunderbird or the new Eudora or something.

Re:Nothing to see here (1)

fyngyrz (762201) | about 7 years ago | (#20722999)

For offline work, it might mean there's a menu entry such as "Check for New Version" or "Volunteer to beta test new version" or some such thing.

Re:Nothing to see here (1)

moonbender (547943) | about 7 years ago | (#20722777)

Not that I disagree with your general sentiment that the author is an idiot, but it does say translate phrase for Gmail UI in the screenshot, so it seems likely this is, in fact, for GMail and not Google Scholar or whatever.

An alternate reply to your post would have looked like this:

It could be a new version of Google Calendar or a new version of Google Scholar.

OMG there'll be a new Google Calendar UI?! How exciting, I'd love to get my hands on some screen. Quick, somebody post this on a blog.

Re:Nothing to see here (1)

weirdcrashingnoises (1151951) | about 7 years ago | (#20722143)

I find it interesting, knowledge that a new Gmail UI is in the works is somewhat interesting, though not very surprising. But what was more interesting (at least to me, and rather humerus) was the way it was found.

Make it simple (3, Funny)

Drakin020 (980931) | about 7 years ago | (#20722055)

I don't get it. Why do most places feel they need to change the way something looks or feels? Microsoft did this with Hotmail. You use a new style that is confusing to the users that want things to just stay the same. I am all for it but I wish they would have the option to go back to the old version when it is released. Some people just don't like change.

Re:Make it simple (1)

Bloater (12932) | about 7 years ago | (#20722855)

In the case of gmail it might be because the current UI is shitty.

Coming soon to Gmail (1)

Xeth (614132) | about 7 years ago | (#20722059)

Try the new version of Google's blended search

Seriously though, this entire article is based on the fact that someone was asked to translate "new version"? That's a terrible excuse for journalism.

Can't trust Google translate (0, Offtopic)

InvisblePinkUnicorn (1126837) | about 7 years ago | (#20722061)

Someone at Google has too much time on their hands. I wouldn't trust Google Translate for everything... it looks like they've fixed it now, but as recently as a week ago, when you searched for the Russian form of Ivan the Terrible's name, Google would translate it into English as "Abraham Lincoln".

Proof (2, Interesting)

InvisblePinkUnicorn (1126837) | about 7 years ago | (#20722079)

I tried submitting this to Slashdot but it wasn't accepted. It did get picked up on the InsideGoogle blog [blognewschannel.com] . They have some photos and discussion.

Hi! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20722063)

We're playing on Slashdot. Just passing by. :D

Love,

B & A

I quit this website (1, Funny)

Pap22 (1054324) | about 7 years ago | (#20722075)

Cat got your tongue? (something important seems to be missing from your comment ... like the body or the subject!)

Re:I quit this website (1)

empaler (130732) | about 7 years ago | (#20722151)

Dude, did you forget to log out of a computer on an internet café? (Been there, done that, got a funny sig from it)

Cheapskates (3, Insightful)

xaxa (988988) | about 7 years ago | (#20722085)

"without spending a dime on professional translators"
Why do people do stuff for Google for free? What do they get out of it?

Re:Cheapskates (1)

cnettel (836611) | about 7 years ago | (#20722105)

Translation captchas!

Re:Cheapskates (4, Insightful)

GreyPoopon (411036) | about 7 years ago | (#20722207)

Why do people do stuff for Google for free? What do they get out of it?

They get to find out about secret new products and tell the world. ;) But seriously, maybe some people do stuff like that because they want to give back; they want to see Google's ideas succeed. If spending one minute a day translating a sentence helps out, who are we to give them a hard time about it?

Re:Cheapskates (3, Funny)

adnonsense (826530) | about 7 years ago | (#20722313)

But seriously, maybe some people do stuff like that because they want to give back; they want to see Google's ideas succeed. If spending one minute a day translating a sentence helps out, who are we to give them a hard time about it?
Yup? Myself, I spend up to 15 minutes a day proofreading Microsoft documentation for free, and I'm always available for any other multibillion dollar corporations who's ideas I can help succeed at no cost to them.

Re:Cheapskates (3, Funny)

greppling (601175) | about 7 years ago | (#20722455)

Myself, I spend up to 15 minutes a day proofreading Microsoft documentation for free, and I'm always available for any other multibillion dollar corporations who's ideas I can help succeed at no cost to them.

You kids have low standards these days. When I was your age, I spent hours everyday proof-reading and commenting on AT&T whitepapers.

Re:Cheapskates (1)

GreyPoopon (411036) | about 7 years ago | (#20722527)

When I was your age, I spent hours everyday proof-reading and commenting on AT&T whitepapers.

Yeah, but this is Microsoft. They should consider themselves lucky to get 15 minutes. ;)

Re:Cheapskates (1)

freyyr890 (1019088) | about 7 years ago | (#20723301)

*whoosh*

Freeskates (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20722321)

"Why do people do stuff for Google for free?"

Why do people help the RIAA/MPAA/Microsoft by downloading [piratebay.com] free stuff?

"What do they get out of it?"

The adoration of millions. [slashdot.org]

Re:Cheapskates (5, Funny)

Joebert (946227) | about 7 years ago | (#20722365)

What do they get out of it?


First go to the following URL.
http://www.google.com/ [google.com]

Next type somthing into the box, anything, type in Hot Monkey Fecal Sex [google.com] if you want.

Finally, click the "Google Search" button.

Do you see why people do stuff for Google for "free" yet ?

Come on, there's 320,000 results for hot monkey fecal sex [google.com] for cryin out loud !

Re:Cheapskates (1)

larry bagina (561269) | about 7 years ago | (#20722687)

A while ago, they had a google image tagging game: You were pitted with an unknown partner and given 30 seconds to add tag words to the image. For every match, you got a point (or maybe could move on to the next one). I tried it a couple times, it was a mildly fun diversion.

Of course, that had a competitive/gaming aspect to it.

Summary? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20722091)

Okay, I understand quoting things from articles or blogs in the Summary. But quoting the whole article?

WTF (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20722093)

First, this "Keith" guy rips off the first paragraph of Garett Rogers's ZDNet blog entry. Then he copies verbatim more of the same entry, only finding it necessary to provide attribution for that part because TFA says "one of my readers" at one point. Nearly the entire blog post shows up in the Slashdot article. And to top it off, I still have no idea what the hell they're talking about, even after re-reading TFA multiple times.

Lots of mystery... (4, Insightful)

Glowing Fish (155236) | about 7 years ago | (#20722095)

seems to be a lot of mystery and intrigue around what is probably going to be minor cosmetic changes.
Are we all so enamored of googles many accomplishments that a site redesign becomes major news?
I don't think anyone was that concerned when yahoo and hotmail redid their sites...of course, they just made them more annoying.
Having said that, it will probably be that this rumored site redesign is when Google starts rolling out their sinister "Phase II"

Testing on Monday (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20722129)

Google will be doing all sorts of user study testing on Monday. These tests will last one hour and will involve both verbal and mouse movement feedback. I was wondering what this would be for, and I am now assuming that it could be to test the usability of a new gmail interface.....

For what it's worth.... (4, Interesting)

moosesocks (264553) | about 7 years ago | (#20722133)

For what it's worth, Google is stopping to call it GMail.

All of the icons were changed over the past few days to say "Google Mail" instead of GMail with little fanfare. Not sure if this is any indication of things to come, or simply a branding effort coming from the top-down. Guess we'll have to wait and see...

Re:For what it's worth.... (5, Informative)

Bieeanda (961632) | about 7 years ago | (#20722173)

That could have something to do with the suit that they lost in Germany... and speaking of Germany, this 'translate tiny snippets of text' thing reminds me of how the British handled The funniest joke in the world [wikipedia.org] .

Re:For what it's worth.... (1)

pjt33 (739471) | about 7 years ago | (#20722473)

They already call it Google Mail in some contexts. I've had an @googlemail.com account for quite a while.

Re:For what it's worth.... (5, Interesting)

empaler (130732) | about 7 years ago | (#20722847)

That's just a choice. You can use your mail address (XYZ) in following ways:
xyz@gmail.com
xyz@googlemail.com
x.y.z@gmail.com (/googlemail.com)
xyz+hotfecalmonkeyporn@googlemail.com
x.y.z+hotfecalmonkeyporn@gmail.com

Possibly more. Helps filtering stuff, and in some cases smell out the rats that sell your mail address to spammers :)

Ummm... No? (1)

Z80xxc! (1111479) | about 7 years ago | (#20722491)

I don't think so. My Gmail still says Gmail everywhere... unless you're in Germany; wasn't there some trademark on Gmail already?

Re:For what it's worth.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20722905)

Mine still says GMail not Google Mail fwiw.

Re:For what it's worth.... (1)

westyx (95706) | about 7 years ago | (#20722915)

For my 2 cents, the branding on my home gmail page is still all gmail beta.

Re:For what it's worth.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20723031)

What country are you in? Here in the UK the logos have been like that for a long time because they lost a trademark lawsuit. They probably figured it was better to have one global name than multiple names in different countries, at the risk of further lawsuits.

A multi-billion dollar company? (2, Informative)

MLCT (1148749) | about 7 years ago | (#20722149)

And they can't afford professional translators? If it was just random bits and pieces of no consequence then I might say fair enough - but this is content for their primary services. We aren't talking millions of dollars to translate a few hundred words here or anything - seems very odd.

Re:A multi-billion dollar company? (1)

MrCoke (445461) | about 7 years ago | (#20723077)

Free testing on lots of platforms ?

Re:A multi-billion dollar company? (1)

greenguy (162630) | about 7 years ago | (#20723197)

And they can't afford professional translators?

IAAPT, and they couldn't afford me.

At least I assume that's why they haven't contacted me.

Re:A multi-billion dollar company? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20723275)

And they can't afford professional translators?
I bet they do, but why discard a valuable resource? Send the same strings to several volunteer translators and use majority voting on the result. Pass this to your professional translator and see what he makes of it.

Also, sufficiently enthusiastic volunteers often outperform professionals.

let's get a grip (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20722157)

Gmail was launched on April 1, 2004, and has revolutionized the way many of us use email.
 
uh, web based mail had been around for a long time. let's be honest, beyond the "gigabyte of mail" hypeboy rants, gmail hasn't brought anything to the table that wasn't there before.
 
this article is just more fanboism at work. the guys at google thank you.

Re:let's get a grip (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20722281)

I bet you use hotmail... Anyway -- if Google didn't provide their GB of storage, you would still be ecstatic if Microsoft upped hotmail to 25 megs... so in that sense, yes it has revolutionized email... Then there are a slew of other features that you obviously either don't know about, or have overlooked. Instant messaging Integration blurs the lines between the two forms of communication. Again, for those who use it, it's changed how they use Email.

Re:let's get a grip (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20722343)

actually, i host my own mailserver dumbfuck. oh, that's right, this is slashdork; if you say something bad about google you're an astroturfer and a shill by default? get with it, google and microsoft aren't the only mail hosts out there and some of us don't wait for others to make what we'd like to see.
 
as for the im and mail integration? yahoo did that before gmail ever existed... for those of us who used it.
 
it's a shame that you have to be such a fanboi that you can't see what's already there just because it doesn't have your brand name of choice stamped on it and because you're too inept to create solutions for yourself.

Re:let's get a grip (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20722541)

Too bad all that anger does nothing but alienate people. You might have friends, who would help you bleed off the anger. Loneliness is a vicious cycle.

Try hugging your email server. Maybe that'll help.

Re:let's get a grip (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20722981)

maybe if you had any abilities you wouldn't need to leech off of your friends. heh.
 
go home, bitch.

Great (3, Insightful)

DaleGlass (1068434) | about 7 years ago | (#20722171)

So this will be a beta of the new version of a service that's still in beta?

I wonder how many years more it'll take for gmail to lose the "beta" designation.

Does it have IMAP yet? (1)

johnkzin (917611) | about 7 years ago | (#20722215)


If not, not worth my time.

User Translations... (0, Troll)

nathan.fulton (1160807) | about 7 years ago | (#20722233)

All your email are belong to us.

Pkease,,,, (1)

elgee (308600) | about 7 years ago | (#20722271)

Let the new interface have "unthread" and the ability to turn threading off. Please, please, please....

This is ridiculous (2, Informative)

bgfay (5362) | about 7 years ago | (#20722283)

Even if there is a new version coming, this is the least reliable source of information about it. I mean, for Pete's sake, pig latin? We're going to trust that Google really needs this translated into pig latin in order to make it accessible to users?

By the way there's a giant that's been unearthed in Cardiff, NY. It looks to be proof that giants once roamed the Earth and maybe still do. Check it out. It's true for sure.

Sensitive Information? Huh? (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | about 7 years ago | (#20722297)

Quote: "... exposing sensitive information in this manner makes it hard to keep a secret."

Uh.... just where did you get the idea that any of your other plain text is a "secret"??? Did you even READ the terms of use notice???

Talk about a non-issue...

Pig Latin! (1)

Rovastar (822365) | about 7 years ago | (#20722375)

Also to add to all the comments of speculative nature of this article. One more. It is translation for the words "new version" "Pig Latin" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig_Latin [wikipedia.org] I mean Pig Latin ffs. Now if it is meant to top secret I am sure there are not hundreds of thousands of English to Pig Latin translators for Google...........

Wow, I'm a trusted tester? (1)

LM741N (258038) | about 7 years ago | (#20722415)

What did I ever do to deserve that. I know- it was downloading all that pr0n off of USENET in 1995. Personally I don't like the new interface.
I just checked and evidently I'm no longer trusted. Thank God. Who knows what vulnerabilities might be lurking in that new version.

New version (1)

MarsDude (74832) | about 7 years ago | (#20722423)

That means.. it's going from beta to RC ? :-P

Very speculative article....

Re:New version (1)

winkydink (650484) | about 7 years ago | (#20722975)

That means.. it's going from beta to RC ? :-P

No, no, no. Beta 2.

Re:New version (1)

Hadlock (143607) | about 7 years ago | (#20723207)

Double Beta

New! (1, Funny)

Orleron (835910) | about 7 years ago | (#20722481)

GMail 2.0! Now with less Evil!!

What I Despise... (1)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | about 7 years ago | (#20722517)

What I despise is this constant belief that newer interfaces are better and that change is always good. The best interface is the one you're most efficient in using, and that's usually the one you know best. Sad to see Google taking off after Microsoft in this race. Hope they'll let keep the "classic" interface for as long as we want it.

Da Vinci Code (1)

death_metal_black_me (1128565) | about 7 years ago | (#20722569)

Hidden messages from the Vatican in message IDs?

So What? The Old Interface wasn't that great (1)

rueger (210566) | about 7 years ago | (#20722659)

I have to say that during the time a year or so back when I used Gmail a lot I always found the interface kind of irritating.

Every time I wanted to add a new Label and corresponding Filter it seemed like I had to trial and error because the process was less than obvious. And I don't care for the way that threads are collapsed, making it difficult to find one message out of the ten or twelve in a conversation.

I guess it just felt like everything took two or three or four more clicks than it should have. That may be a subjective assessment, but I can't see using Gmail as my primary e-mail client.

Hopefully they fix... (3, Funny)

duckpoopy (585203) | about 7 years ago | (#20722841)

Hopefully they fix broken signatures when responding to email. Now it places my signature to the very bottom of the email - below the quoted text I am responding to. I am tired of cutting and pasting my sig every time I respond to an email.

Congratulations Keith, you win! (0, Flamebait)

mosch (204) | about 7 years ago | (#20722899)

You see, Keith and I had a side bet, on the dumbest possible article that could make the front page of slashdot.

I didn't think Keith could get this bit of non-news on the FP, but he succeeded.

Congratulations, you win!

Re:Congratulations Keith, you win! (2, Funny)

jelton (513109) | about 7 years ago | (#20723115)

How much was the bet for?

A dollar!

What a Croc of Shit (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20722991)

Keith == SPAMMER. Google revolutionised mail? Let me laugh. They revolutionised mail about as much as they revolutionised searches. What they DID revolutionise is a totally dumbfuck attitude to privacy and security - but of course you fucktards won't consider that. No no - you'll swoon over the new Cool and Groovy Interface. Morons.

What the hell? (2, Insightful)

glwtta (532858) | about 7 years ago | (#20723007)

"revolutionized the way many of us use email"

It's just a nice webmail system - webmail has been around for years before gmail. I use gmail, I like gmail, but what exactly did it revolutionize?

Re:What the hell? (4, Insightful)

macshit (157376) | about 7 years ago | (#20723209)

It's just a nice webmail system - webmail has been around for years before gmail. I use gmail, I like gmail, but what exactly did it revolutionize?

It didn't suck.

In the context of webmail, that was pretty darn revolutionary!

Re:What the hell? (1)

jjohnson (62583) | about 7 years ago | (#20723287)

You can argue about whether or not 'conversation based' organization was revolutionary or merely innovative, but it is a pretty significant departure from how everyone organizes email in every other program. I think gmail is the best simply for that feature alone.

The only feature I'd like to see next is the ability to combine arbitrary emails into one conversation, but since their way of doing it is some slightly clever regexing on the subject line, I don't think it's possible.

beta (3, Interesting)

in_ur_face (177250) | about 7 years ago | (#20723025)

Maybe they can finally get rid of the 'beta' in the logo :)? Overall, I think Google has a hit with their latest offerings. Google desktop for instance is a perfect addition to indexing and searching 65k+ Outlook emails (work still uses Outlook). Similar to Lookout, but doesnt crash Outlook. Google Documents has greatly improved and is perfect for sharing documents across PCs. Installing Microsoft office or OpenOffice is really optional now. While Gmail's interface isn't perfect, they have been making small updates throughout the months. I still think it beats Hotmail, Yahoo, etc...

Re:beta (2, Interesting)

bgfay (5362) | about 7 years ago | (#20723201)

This is one of the first people I've seen to say that Google Docs is as useful as I'm finding it to be. I teach high school and am having my students use it for many reasons including that it's much more difficult for their dogs to eat their homework and because we can collaborate on documents. It really is a powerful thing. Yes, there are things that OpenOffice can do much better (and Word too though I've never used it), but there are things that Google Docs does much better than any of the offline word processors. I'm very impressed. I'm also happy with how often the thing gets updated.

I worry that I'm selling my soul to Google, but so far, if loving Google is wrong, I don't want to be right.
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