Ryan Dube at makeuseof.com shows us some useful WLM features :
“[...] Integration with every IM [...] You can import contacts from all of your top social networks and email systems like Facebook, LinkedIn, Outlook, AOL Mail and even your Gmail account. [...] Once you open up a chat with one of your online contacts, at any point during the chat, you can send over a file by clicking on “Files” and “Send a file or photo…” [...] How to enable WLM for mobile [...] Voice clipping and other [...]” (full article here)
I’m not a big fan of Windows live Messsenger, but in some way can help you working better
Rafe Needleman at Cnet (http://www.cnet.com/profile/rafe/) reports that “[...] Gmail product lead Paul McDonald said the service’s priority indicators would soon start showing up even in in-boxes of users who have not turned on the Priority Inbox feature. Gmail users won’t be forced into viewing their in-boxes in the segregated Priority view, but McDonald showed how the little yellow flags that indicate a high-priority message will soon be displayed by default in the standard, unprioritized view. Users will be able to train the feature by turning the indicators on individual messages on and off. [...]” (full article at http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-20036605-2.html#ixzz1F4lIGsCf) .
Seems to me a good thing, though is not the panacea for a zero mail inbox.
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Stephen Shankland at Cnet (http://www.cnet.com/profile/Shankland/) reports that Facebook is going to announce his own Email service that will be integrated with Facebook services (full article at http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-20022625-264.html).
“[...]Facebook already has a rudimentary system for direct, private messages among its members, including several people in one discussion thread. But it’s missing not just the ability to communicate outside Facebook, but also countless useful features available in real e-mail. Forget filtering, free-form attachments, a means to organize messages, and access from third-party e-mail client software such as Outlook or Thunderbird. [...]“.
I think and agree that mail is a natural extension of Facebook activities, but I ask my self a very complex question on this opportunity.
Facebook is having problems managing its current structure, I’m not confident that will be able a more complex add on such as email.
In my opinion would have been better to consolidate the existing and then focus again on development.
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Dan Nosowitz at Fast company reports that “[...] Yahoo Chief Product Officer Blake Irving today announced an ambitious three-year plan to update pretty much every service Yahoo offers–plus some new ones. [...] Yahoo Mail. There’s a new interface, which looks suspiciously similar to Gmail, [...]. Yahoo Mail does let you update Twitter and Facebook from within the web app, which is new, and Yahoo claims its spam filtering system is second to none. Yahoo search is also seeing an update, [...] Yahoo TV, a widget-like connected TV platform that gives access to BlockBuster, CBS, Pandora, and a few others, will be expanding. [...] ” (full article at http://www.fastcompany.com/1689525/yahoos-three-year-plan-to-bring-cool-back). Same does Mike Halsey at ghacks.net (http://www.ghacks.net/author/mike/), (full article at http://www.ghacks.net/2010/09/18/yahoo-bids-to-get-its-cool-back/).
Ok is a starting point but 3 years in this fast paced context is an ethernity and brings a lot of unpredictability in a 3 years plan. On the other side I think that only a real innovation or technological breakthrough can enable Yahoo in getting more market shares.
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Dan Nosowitz at Fast Company, Arcamax, NPR, Kit Eaton from Fast Company, Michael Calore at Wired (http://www.wired.com/epicenter/author/howto_admin/) and Rosa Golijan at Gizmodo report a CNET source on “[...] an as yet unconfirmed rumor that Google is testing a voice calling service, to be embedded inside Gmail and thus a web-based VoIP product. The service will, according to the rumor, be launched from the Google Chat window where contacts reside, and will be a sort of combination of Google Talk and Google Voice. Google Talk, launched a few years ago, is a combination of instant messaging and VoIP, while Google Voice consolidates various phone numbers into a single one, along with other services like voicemail transcription. But what CNET is reporting is a bit different: true web-based phone calls, for free (or very cheap). Users won’t even be required to have a Google Voice number to use the upcoming service. [...]” (full article at http://www.fastcompany.com/1684840/google-reportedly-taking-aim-at-skype-with-voice-calling-in-gmail and original at CNET at http://news.cnet.com/8301-30684_3-20014617-265.html at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129440019&ft=1&f=1001 ,at http://www.fastcompany.com/1684961/googles-next-assault-on-the-phone-biz-call-phones-from-gmail and at http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/08/gmail-gets-dialed-up-a-notch-with-new-calling-feature/comment-page-1/#comment-55101).
I think Google will be a great competitor for Skype and MSN, because of some important factors:
a) Broadness of services offered
b) Potential integration of services
d) Capability of service visioning
The hope is that they don’t go too far in imagination just like they did with Wave and do something simple and effective like they did with other service (Docs, Mail,…)
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Some guys at wikihow posted a tutorial on enabling the undo send feature on Google mail (full article at http://www.wikihow.com/Use-Gmail%27s-Undo-Send-Feature).
In case you are in a hurry, simply do this:
Login–>Settings–>Labs–>Scroll to Undo send extension–>Define delay.
After this when you send a message, you’ll have an “undo” option available.
Please note that since is an experimental feature is not completely reliable and can be modified at any time.