Googles Gmail Keeps the Pressure on Microsoft
In an announcement posted to its Gmail beta Web site last week, Google informed testers it had added three new, requested features to Gmail.
"You asked. We said they were coming. And now, theyre here," the Google notice said.
The three features are:
Via its beta-testers site, Google has told testers it is working to add other requested features, too. Among those the company is working on are a plain HTML version of Gmail, as Google is hopingbut not promisingto add the ability to send messages with HTML formatting, and POP3 client access.
When asked whether Google had more features targeted specifically at winning accounts from Microsoft, a corporate spokesman declined to comment, citing the fact that the company is in a quiet period. Google recently announced its plans to go public.
The spokesman also declined to provide any kind of timetable as to when Google might make available the final version of Gmail.
Google last week moved to acquire digital-photo-management company Picasa Inc. Google also recently rolled out a new feature called Browse By Name for faster searching from Microsofts Internet Explorer browser.