Google just launched some new features for Gmail. The first one up is “Gmail Clips,” a built in RSS reader that will display portions of text/news/Gmail tips available from any online RSS Atom feed. Web clips may be customized by going to Settings and then Web Clips, in the Gmail interface. Read more for new downloading options, useful ads, and virus protection.
Up next is a solution that allows users to view attachments without waiting for them to download. This is really useful if you are ever stuck on a slow connection or on a public PC that won’t allow downloading. Now when you open a email that has an attachment, Gmail offers user to “View as html” and proceeds to open the attachment in an html window. This currently works with .pdf, .doc, .xls, .ppt, .rtf, .sxw, .sxc, .sxi, .sdw, .sdc, .sdd, and .wml files.
Less exciting, still useful, and maybe scary is Gmail’s ability to ‘read’ and pull information from your email. Gmail can now automatically detect addresses and tracking numbers, and displays useful information for them alongside your messages, in place of ads. This is an extension of Google’s feature that allows users to type in tracking number etc. into Google for links to that tracking page. Now only if the ads on the side could be beneficial.
We know this is old news by now, but Gmail finally has built in virus scanning to protect you and your email. Every time you open an attachment Gmail scans the file for viruses: “If a virus is found in an attachment you’ve received, our system will attempt to remove it, or clean the file, so you can still access the information it contains. If the virus can’t be removed from the file, you won’t be able to download it. If a virus is found in an attachment you’re trying to send, you won’t be able to send the message until you remove the attachment.”