Google Gmail Now Has Search Autocomplete Function
Google reports it has added a feature to Gmail called Search Autocomplete, which suggests possible terms after the user inputs a few letters into the search bar. Gmail will also automatically input a collection of advanced search operators, allowing Google users to more efficiently search through the company's expanding array of communications features with increased granularity. Yahoo and Microsoft have also been bulking up the search features in their e-mail services.Google has launched a new feature through its Gmail Labs called Search Autocomplete, which brings to e-mail what already exists for the company's generalized search: the ability to see a real-time list of possible target terms after typing just a few letters in Gmail's search bar. "One of the most popular searches in Gmail is for names or e-mail addresses, so the first kind of suggestions you'll see are contacts," Google Software Engineer Ibrahim Bokharouss wrote on a corporate blog April 2. "With this new Labs feature you can just type a couple letters and select the desired contact from the drop-down list. Easy and quick as that."
In addition, Search Autocomplete now fills in advanced search operators for the Gmail user, allowing a higher degree of specificity without the user needing to insert traditional search query terminology.
To make its cloud-based services more vigorous, Google has also allowed Gmail and applications such as Google Calendar to be used offline.