Gmail has quickly become the most touted of all the online mail options. In fact, you probably already have a gmail account. (If you don’t, get one now. They really are great.)
The limitless storage space, the quick and easy interface, and the connection to other Google applications, like Calendar, are all run off on the list of reasons to switch, reasons to stay, reasons to rave. But Gmail does a lot more!
Did you know that you can now chat, Skype-style, with contacts? You can you’re your mom or grandma gradually replace an outdated email address. Gmail also makes it easy to grab that single, important message out of the depths and disaster that is your inbox.
Launch video and audio chats, no Skype required.
It’s Windows-only at this point, and still requires a little browser plug-in, but it is also comparable in quality to most software-based solutions with a full-screen mode. Face to interface communication is easy and fast. Say hi to your children and spouse when away on business. Chat with your old college buddies and feel 21 again (though he’s starting to age a bit…)
Serve as a central, synchronized, smarter contact list.
Gmail offers two contact lists: your true contacts, and those oft-mailed acquaintances or business contacts who are “Suggested.” That makes Google a much nicer, cleaner place from which to sync your computers and devices.
Consolidate all your email accounts.
Gmail eliminates the need to ever have to send one of those very late, apologetic “Don’t check this email often” replies from your ancient accounts. Heck, the eliminate the need to even remember to check those accounts once a month (or year). Click here to learn how.
Help friends find their own Gmail messages or bookmark your own.
The addresses of any email you open in Gmail are also permalinks for the account owner, meaning you can create lists of emails you need to get back to, bookmark an important thread in your browser favorites, and save them for any other purpose or list.
You’ve got the (search) power.
This is google, afterall. There is no reason to go searching through every email you have, whether from you buddy or your boss, to find the one you’re looking for. Just remember, every detail helps and the more information you have the quicker google will grab the email you need. Note: The star feature is a great way to keep track of those emails that you know you’ll need later, e.g. e-tickets.
Do much, much more with Gmail Labs experimental features.
For more information on this great feature, visit Lifehacker.com’s list of awesome Gmail features.