With email still being the most preferred way of communicating while online, email hosting companies are continuing to invent ways to win over new clients and keep their current ones. The latest move in the fray is by Google (News - Alert) who has changed the way users compose their mail. The new tweaks allow users to compose new messages while still having access to the inbox.
The new style, put in place by the widely popular email hosting provider, allows users to compose messages in a different independent window that resembles chat windows. This is all that the designers at Gmail needed to give users the ability to plod over their inbox without losing sight of the message they are currently composing.
In a blog post, Google Product Manager, Phil Sharp (News - Alert), concurs that the act of saving a draft, opening the old reference e-mail and reopening the draft wastes some valuable minutes. The addition of the chat-like interface makes it easy to keep track of all the messages and formulate multiple drafts at a go.
Apart from making old content peeping must easier, the email hosting provider has also added new functionalities that make it easier to add images to e-mails. In addition, designers also integrated a feature similar to a profile picture into the contact autosuggest box.
While the new capabilities might not actually drive users in huge numbers, Gmail is definitely making a mark in the email hosting space. Apart from incorporating useful functionalities like a calendar, Google Drive and other things into its suite of services, the move to include something that other email hosting service providers like Yahoo and Hotmail do not have gives them an edge.
At this time, the new functions are available for limited users on preview mode with other bound to be unveiled with the full public release in the next few months.
Edited by Jamie Epstein