All right, maybe it’s not science exactly – though an official lab and the scientific method are involved. Apparently, the super smart Google Labs team offers a bevy of semi-secret experimental Gmail enhancements that can make emailing more convenient, efficient, accurate, and/or entertaining.
According to Google, “The idea behind Labs is that any engineer can go to lunch, come up with a cool idea, code it up, and ship it as a Labs feature. To tens of millions of users. No design reviews, no product analysis, and to be honest, not that much testing.”
Pretty cool, huh? The features are constantly being developed and rolled out to the masses! The downside is that the enhancements can be taken down at will if Google decides to can them for some reason; so if you fall in love with one of the beta-phase features, you may end up with a broken heart. Based on the offerings (check out some highlights below), I think it’s worth the risk!
Create a Document – Allows you to create a Google Document from an email conversation.
Google Docs Gadget – Adds a Google Docs display featuring recent and starred docs to your email view.
Undo Send – Offers one last chance to “unsend” a message a few seconds after you hit the Send button.
Recently Used Emoji – Tracks your favorite emoji, and provides a quick and easy way to insert them into messages.
Preview Pane – Generates a mail preview pane next to your list of conversations, making mail reading more efficient.
Sender Time Zone – Adds your sent time and the current local time of individuals you communicate with via email.
Read more about the Labs, including how to enable them (it’s super easy), and then be sure to let us know which features appeal to you!