Google's Gmail Labs team is letting Gmail users sift through Google Docs and Google Sites with Apps Search. Google also boosted Gmail for iPad by adding stacked conversations.
Google's Gmail Labs team is letting Gmail users sift through documents,
presentations, spreadsheets and Websites with Apps Search.
When users enable this capability in the Gmail Labs tab
under Settings, the "Search
Mail" button that sits atop their Gmail in-box will say "Search Mail
When users search, results for relevant Docs and Sites will appear under
e-mail results in Gmail.
"You may notice that mail results show up just as fast as before while
non-mail results may take a tiny bit longer," noted
Google software engineer Brian Moolenarr. "That way,
if you're just looking for an e-mail, having this lab enabled won't slow you
Users have long been able to sift through their Gmail in-box for e-mail
messages using Google search. Making Google Docs and Google Sites searchable
should enhance the experience for those trying to track down their documents
Google Apps Standard Edition users may use this feature immediately.
Employees who use Premier and Education Edition will need their domain
administrators to enable Gmail Labs from the Google Apps control panel if they
haven't already done so.
The Gmail Labs team has launched more than 50 mini app experiments to test
in Gmail since June 2008. Only a couple, such as Tasks, have graduated
; some were jettisoned.
Google's Gmail team also upgraded its Gmail app for Apple's iPad with a
crisp-looking "stacked card" user interface for managing multiple
Previously, Gmail for iPad users who wished to select conversations saw one
toolbar on the bottom left and the other on the top right.
While the one on the left affected the selected conversations, the one on
the right affected the currently open conversation. But because they both
appeared similar, users frequently tapped the wrong toolbar by mistake.
In the new interface, there is only one toolbar on the right
with selected conversations stacked for
In U.S. English only now, this upgrade comes one day after Yahoo joined
the iPad party in launching Yahoo Mail for iPad,
which sports a dual-pane view, and two months after Google revised
its Gmail for iPad compose window.