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Inbox by Gmail: find answers even faster

Category: Gmail | Jan 26, 2016

Posted by Govind Kaushal, Product Manager

Emails can contain all sorts of important information–from your friend’s new address, to a flight confirmation number or a link to pay a bill. The challenge is, these bits of info are often buried inside larger conversations. Starting today, Inbox includes a number of improvements to help you find answers even faster.

Answers at a glance
Now when you’re searching for a frequent flyer number or shipping status (for example), Inbox will show it at the top of search results–no more digging through individual emails to find what you’re looking for.

Get addresses, phone numbers, membership numbers, flights, events, bills, package tracking and more in seconds.

Streamlined search results
Underneath any quick answers, you’ll see a “Top results” section that orders emails by relevance. Below that is all the email results, ordered by date, but chances are you won’t have to look here often.

Every second counts, so start saving time with Inbox, and spend it on what matters most.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OfficialGmailBlog/~3/e0QiqWTGz_Y/inbox-by-gmail-find-answers-even-faster.html

Sharing travel plans and memories with Inbox by Gmail

Category: Gmail | Dec 14, 2015

Posted by Victor Anchidin, Software Engineer

The holidays are full of traveling, get-togethers and sharing memories. Now Inbox is making all of these things a bit easier, with an update to Trip Bundles and mobile attachments.

You’ve told us how much you love that Trip Bundles summarize all of the important info about your trip. So, starting this week, you’ll be able to share those summaries with friends and family with one tap.

You can also add emails to a trip (a top feature request!) using the Move to… menu, and view trips offline—perfect for when you’re on a plane or using spotty WiFi.

While you’re traveling, you might end up taking a lot of photos. Improved mobile attachments give you quick access to your recent photos, and let you attach multiple photos at once.

These new features will be rolling out over the next week. Happy holidays!


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OfficialGmailBlog/~3/4dMOSebs_Pg/sharing-travel-plans-and-memories-with.html

Sharing travel plans and memories with Inbox by Gmail

Category: Gmail | Dec 14, 2015

Posted by Victor Anchidin, Software Engineer

The holidays are full of traveling, get-togethers and sharing memories. Now Inbox is making all of these things a bit easier, with an update to Trip Bundles and mobile attachments.

You’ve told us how much you love that Trip Bundles summarize all of the important info about your trip. So, starting this week, you’ll be able to share those summaries with friends and family with one tap.

You can also add emails to a trip (a top feature request!) using the Move to… menu, and view trips offline—perfect for when you’re on a plane or using spotty WiFi.

While you’re traveling, you might end up taking a lot of photos. Improved mobile attachments give you quick access to your recent photos, and let you attach multiple photos at once.

These new features will be rolling out over the next week. Happy holidays!


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OfficialGmailBlog/~3/uEpSueSvtis/sharing-travel-plans-and-memories-with.html

Add to-dos to your Google Calendar using Reminders

Category: Gmail | Dec 7, 2015

Posted by Vijay Umapathy, Product Manager

Our calendars should help us make the most of our time — scheduling meetings at work, remembering brunch with friends, and keeping track of all our other commitments. But often our to-do list is elsewhere, separate from the Calendar that organizes our day, and we end up overcommitted or miss something important because we forgot to check our list.

Now there’s a single way to manage your day: starting this week, you can create Reminders in Google Calendar to keep track of your to-dos alongside your scheduled events.

Reminders stick around
You might already create calendar entries to remind you to call the doctor or pick up groceries on the way home. But while those entries come and go, Reminders stick with you over time so you can track them until they are actually done. If a Reminder isn’t completed, it will appear at the top of your Calendar the next day. And the next. When you do finally call the doctor or pick up those necessities, just swipe the Reminder away … and you’re onto the next to-do.

Reminders help with the details
Another way Reminders are more useful than events is that Calendar adds things like phone numbers and addresses automatically. So if you add a Reminder to make a call or run an errand, the number or address will be right there when you need it. Just like Inbox by Gmail, Calendar uses information from your contacts, as well as Google’s knowledge graph to provide this extra bit of help.

Reminders work across Google
You can also create Reminders from Inbox, Keep, and Google Now. This means you can create a Reminder when you’re checking your email and it will show up on your calendar right away. Plans change? Just move the Reminder to a better time. Or if your hands are full, you can record your Reminders in Google Now一like, “Ok Google, remind me to buy birthday candles”一then mark it as done later in Calendar.

Reminders will be rolling out this week with the latest versions of Calendar on Google Play and the App Store. And don’t worry, we’re working on bringing Reminders to the web as well.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OfficialGmailBlog/~3/oKiwLcPpiE0/add-to-dos-to-your-google-calendar.html

Add to-dos to your Google Calendar using Reminders

Category: Gmail | Dec 7, 2015

Posted by Vijay Umapathy, Product Manager

Our calendars should help us make the most of our time — scheduling meetings at work, remembering brunch with friends, and keeping track of all our other commitments. But often our to-do list is elsewhere, separate from the Calendar that organizes our day, and we end up overcommitted or miss something important because we forgot to check our list.

Now there’s a single way to manage your day: starting this week, you can create Reminders in Google Calendar to keep track of your to-dos alongside your scheduled events.

Reminders stick around
You might already create calendar entries to remind you to call the doctor or pick up groceries on the way home. But while those entries come and go, Reminders stick with you over time so you can track them until they are actually done. If a Reminder isn’t completed, it will appear at the top of your Calendar the next day. And the next. When you do finally call the doctor or pick up those necessities, just swipe the Reminder away … and you’re onto the next to-do.

Reminders help with the details
Another way Reminders are more useful than events is that Calendar adds things like phone numbers and addresses automatically. So if you add a Reminder to make a call or run an errand, the number or address will be right there when you need it. Just like Inbox by Gmail, Calendar uses information from your contacts, as well as Google’s knowledge graph to provide this extra bit of help.

Reminders work across Google
You can also create Reminders from Inbox, Keep, and Google Now. This means you can create a Reminder when you’re checking your email and it will show up on your calendar right away. Plans change? Just move the Reminder to a better time. Or if your hands are full, you can record your Reminders in Google Now一like, “Ok Google, remind me to buy birthday candles”一then mark it as done later in Calendar.

Reminders will be rolling out this week with the latest versions of Calendar on Google Play and the App Store. And don’t worry, we’re working on bringing Reminders to the web as well.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OfficialGmailBlog/~3/1S44JLd5n7c/add-to-dos-to-your-google-calendar.html

Computer, respond to this email: Introducing Smart Reply in Inbox by Gmail

Category: Gmail | Nov 3, 2015

Posted by Bálint Miklós, Software Engineer

With the holidays approaching and emails coming in at a furious pace, we can all use a little help. Inbox is already on hand assisting you with the next step, organizing your trips, and even suggesting reminders.

But when you’re checking email on the go, it can be cumbersome and time-consuming to reply to all or even some of them. What if there was a way for your inbox to guess which emails can be answered with a short reply, prepare a few responses on your behalf and present them to you, one tap away?

Well, starting later this week, Inbox will do just that with Smart Reply.

Smart Reply suggests up to three responses based on the emails you get. For those emails that only need a quick response, it can take care of the thinking and save precious time spent typing. And for those emails that require a bit more thought, it gives you a jump start so you can respond right away.

There’s actually a lot going on behind the scenes to make Smart Reply work. Inbox uses machine learning to recognize emails that need responses and to generate the natural language responses on the fly. If you’re interested in how Smart Reply works, including how researchers got machine learning to work on a data set that they never saw, you can read more about it on the Google Research Blog.

And much like how Inbox gets better when you report spam, the responses you choose (or don’t choose!) help improve future suggestions. For example, when Smart Reply was tested at Google, a common suggestion in the workplace was “I love you.” Thanks to Googler feedback, Smart Reply is now SFW :)

Smart Reply will be rolling out later this week on both Google Play and the App Store in English. If you’ve got a lot of emails on your plate, now’s a great time to try Inbox and get through them faster than ever.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OfficialGmailBlog/~3/nuCspgMASPc/computer-respond-to-this-email.html

Computer, respond to this email: Introducing Smart Reply in Inbox by Gmail

Category: Gmail | Nov 3, 2015

Posted by Bálint Miklós, Software Engineer

With the holidays approaching and emails coming in at a furious pace, we can all use a little help. Inbox is already on hand assisting you with the next step, organizing your trips, and even suggesting reminders.

But when you’re checking email on the go, it can be cumbersome and time-consuming to reply to all or even some of them. What if there was a way for your inbox to guess which emails can be answered with a short reply, prepare a few responses on your behalf and present them to you, one tap away?

Well, starting later this week, Inbox will do just that with Smart Reply.

Smart Reply suggests up to three responses based on the emails you get. For those emails that only need a quick response, it can take care of the thinking and save precious time spent typing. And for those emails that require a bit more thought, it gives you a jump start so you can respond right away.

There’s actually a lot going on behind the scenes to make Smart Reply work. Inbox uses machine learning to recognize emails that need responses and to generate the natural language responses on the fly. If you’re interested in how Smart Reply works, including how researchers got machine learning to work on a data set that they never saw, you can read more about it on the Google Research Blog.

And much like how Inbox gets better when you report spam, the responses you choose (or don’t choose!) help improve future suggestions. For example, when Smart Reply was tested at Google, a common suggestion in the workplace was “I love you.” Thanks to Googler feedback, Smart Reply is now SFW :)

Smart Reply will be rolling out later this week on both Google Play and the App Store in English. If you’ve got a lot of emails on your plate, now’s a great time to try Inbox and get through them faster than ever.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OfficialGmailBlog/~3/YS5tedJfqow/computer-respond-to-this-email.html

New Calendar illustrations in 30 languages

Category: Gmail | Oct 16, 2015

Posted by Stella Schieffer, Product Manager

Your calendar is more than just a list of dates and times — it’s your life! That’s why Calendar adds illustrations to many of your favorite events automatically.

Today we’re improving these illustrations in two ways. First, you’ll find over a dozen more of them for events like weddings and Halloween parties. Second, illustrations will now appear in 30 languages–from Dutch and Finnish to Catalan and Korean–giving our global community of users a new way to celebrate their day.

You be the artist

We’ll be making more illustrations soon, and we want your help creating them. Just tweet a photo of an event you love with the hashtag #makethemost. We’ll select our favorites as inspiration for the next set of Calendar illustrations.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OfficialGmailBlog/~3/r4Ot7_3YtXA/new-calendar-illustrations-in-30.html

New Calendar illustrations in 30 languages

Category: Gmail | Oct 16, 2015

Posted by Stella Schieffer, Product Manager

Your calendar is more than just a list of dates and times — it’s your life! That’s why Calendar adds illustrations to many of your favorite events automatically.

Today we’re improving these illustrations in two ways. First, you’ll find over a dozen more of them for events like weddings and Halloween parties. Second, illustrations will now appear in 30 languages–from Dutch and Finnish to Catalan and Korean–giving our global community of users a new way to celebrate their day.

You be the artist

We’ll be making more illustrations soon, and we want your help creating them. Just tweet a photo of an event you love with the hashtag #makethemost. We’ll select our favorites as inspiration for the next set of Calendar illustrations.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OfficialGmailBlog/~3/d10S3XZUySg/new-calendar-illustrations-in-30.html

Stay in control with Block and Unsubscribe

Category: Gmail | Sep 22, 2015

Posted by Sri Harsha Somanchi, Product Manager

Sometimes you get mail from someone who’s really disruptive. Hopefully it doesn’t happen often—but when it does, you should be able to say, “Never see messages from this person again.” That’s why you can now block specific email addresses in Gmail—starting today on the web, and over the next week on Android. Future mail will go to the spam folder (and you can always unblock in Settings).

In addition, the unsubscribe option is now making its way to Android, so you’ll be able to opt out of eligible mailing lists directly from the Gmail app. It’s perfect for those newsletters you subscribed to a while back but don’t read any more.

So try block or unsubscribe when the situation calls for it. And stay in control of your inbox.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OfficialGmailBlog/~3/2zDZfezqrBE/stay-in-control-with-block-and.html