Google Gmail Now Allows Users to Undo Sent E-Mail
Google announces a feature that gives users five seconds to "unsend" a message, if they have second thoughts about what they're sending. The company has been adding functionality to Gmail and Google Apps in order to make them more robust, both to appeal further to the enterprise and to put Google in a better competitive position with regard to Microsoft.Google has introduced a new feature to Gmail: a five-second window to "unsend" a message that the user has second thoughts about. Microsoft Outlook, with its "Recall" button, and the "Unsend" feature on AOL e-mail already allow users to take back e-mail under specific circumstances (in the latter case, for example, only when the e-mail in question is sent between AOL members).
Within Gmail Labs, an option now exists under Settings to turn on "Undo Send." From that point on, whenever an e-mail is sent, an "Undo" link will appear on the send mail confirmation. By clicking that link, the message will be routed back into composition - where the user can then change that "Meeting on Firday" to "Meeting on Friday."
A number of people writing on message boards in Google Groups felt that Gmail's five-second limit was perhaps a bit short. "A little more time will be better. A 15 second or a minutes delay is no [big] deal. Maybe an additional small 'send immediately' button for those in a hurry!" wrote one user. "This sounds like a good idea, but if you're drunk enough even this won't help," volunteered another.