Gmail Inbox Preview Shows Message Blurbs While Loading

Gmail Labs’ newest feature, an “Inbox Preview” on the loading screen, might just be the best thing that ever happened to email checkers working off a shaky or slow connection.

As Gmail’s engineers point out, it stinks to wait for Gmail to load up all its AJAX-y, gadget-loaded interface, just to find out there’s no new mail. Sure, there’s a “Basic HTML” view you can click in the lower-right corner to speed things up, but with Inbox Preview enabled in your Settings/Labs list, you’ll get a plain text preview of your 10 newest messages and blurbs from each of them.

For those often facing a weak or restricted connection, this feature seems like a must-enable—even if it might tempt one into futile clicks on static messages.

New in Labs: Inbox preview [Official Gmail Blog]

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