Google Demonstrates New Gmail
07 Jul 2009

Google Demonstrates New Gmail

07 Jul 2009

The Web is abuzz with news that Google finally took its office suite, including Gmail, out of beta. Initially launched on April 1, 2004 as an invitation-only release, over five years have passed before Gmail finally graduated to a fully mature product. I would love to know the reasoning behind such an uncommonly long beta period, especially since many have considered it fully-baked for quite some time now.

Intentions and product strategy aside, there were some noteworthy elements to the first full version of Gmail. This release had a few changes from the most recent beta version, and I am still trying to decide if these changes will ultimately benefit me. However, I was particularly impressed with the elegant and effective implementation of notifications explaining the feature enhancements and changes. These made for a smoother transition for me, the user; I greatly appreciated that.

Notification about new drag-and-drop feature and interface changes to Gmail.

Notification about new drag-and-drop feature and interface changes to Gmail.

 

Notification about using "labels" in Gmail.

Notification about using “labels” in Gmail.

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