After the release of Gmail’s IMAP support, the free email service began rolling out Gmail 2.0 for its users. The change wasn’t global (I think it’s per area) and the change for my email account just arrived now. Check out my screenshot here.
If you notice that your gmail’s URL is no longer a set of long gibberish to:
or if you see a link to an “older version” at the top of the page, that means you can now enjoy the new features. What features are new in Gmail 2.0?
- Mail prefetching
- A new contact manager
- More options for gTalk
- A bit of GUI tweaks and improvements
Changes within Google aren’t for eyecandy only. Load times are quite faster especially since messages are prefetched when Gmail loads so wait when loading a message is almost non-existent. Because of the URL changes, you can now use the back button of your browser and bookmark different areas of your gmail. The messages are prefetched when Gmail loads so you don’t have to wait too much until a message is displayed.
What sold me was the new contact manager. It’s much more intuitive than the previous version with better options to manage your contacts with the ability to add addresses from other IM networks. Contacts can be exported in vCard format. If you want to see the new contact manager and you don’t have the new version of Gmail, don’t worry. It’s a separate application that can be found here.
Note that most Firefox plugins that formerly work flawlesly with Gmail doesn’t work with the new version. Check for updates or alternatives if you want to keep using them.Tags: Email services, Google, internet