Chrome: Not all hacks have to make you a productivity wizard. Some only need to make you happy, and add a little joy (or confusion) to those you email, too. At least, that’s the best way I can think of to describe the Chrome extension “Suggested poems for Gmail,” a brilliant little service that drops a literary bomb on Google’s normal suggested autoreplies in Gmail.
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One of the features of being a reporter is you get a significant amount of unsolicited email, often from people that you don’t know. Discoverly is a Chrome extension that can help put those stranger’s emails into perspective.
A new research paper, published in the Proceedings of the 12th ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining, has looked into the reasons people don't reply to email. It's supposedly the first formalised study of “email deferral” in the workplace and conducted by a University of Waterloo PhD candidate. The study outlines the primary reasons people tend to put off responding to online correspondence.
Inbox for Gmail might be dead, but Google is at least making an effort to make the core Gmail experience better, and as of Google’s most recent update to the email service, you’ll no longer have to rely on third-party Chrome extensions to schedule out your messages.
iOS: Google announced swipe gesture controls are coming to Gmail iOS starting this Thursday, and should be available to all iOS Gmail users soon. Though the update doesn’t add any new commands to Gmail, it makes it much easier to quickly manage your inbox by letting users customise what left or right “swipe” actions do.
Gmail’s template feature just got a badly needed redesign. Poorly named “canned responses,” this isn’t the feature where Gmail suggests a two-word reply to an email. (That’s “smart reply.”) This is a much more useful feature, buried in the “Advanced” settings menu on Gmail’s desktop interface, that lets you save multiple emails to reuse whenever you’re composing an email.
As of this week, Windows 10 Mail finally has a Dark Mode worth using. After a few weeks of testing, the upgraded Mail and Calendar app now includes a more useful version of the feature for the email side of the app: one that actually makes the whole app dark, and offers the ability to quickly go “bright” when it’s tough to read.
One of the world's foremost computer scientists, Donald Knuth, gave up on email back in 1990 - before many of us had ever sent a message. By then, he'd been. using email for 15 years which he says was quite enough for one lifetime. Instead, he now provides people with a mailing address. Why would he do this? It's about the long-term value of uninterrupted concentration over the short-term convenience of accessibility. What can we learn from Knuth and his approach to email?
Microsoft may have been one of the first movers when they acquired Hotmail back in the 1990s, eventually renaming it to Outlook.com after a brief diversion to Windows Live. It's been updated yet again, with Outlook.com switching to a new look this week after a period of testing. Here's what's changed?
If you have a public-facing email address, wading through the unrelated PR pitches in your inbox can be a full-time job in itself. There aren’t enough hours in the day to keep up with every message you receive, so stop beating yourself up for falling behind and embrace the chaos instead.