All accounts should receive the upgrade within the next fortnight and once active the widget lists recent emails, Buzz posts, shared documents and calendar events on the right hand side of email messages. Quick access to instant messaging, group chat and scheduling meetings with persons in the conversation also make an appearance.
In a post on the official Gmail blog Software Engineer Zohair Hyder announced:
“We think it can be helpful to view relevant information in context, which is why over the next two weeks we’re rolling out a new people widget located on the right hand side of your messages. The people widget surfaces content from friends, family and colleagues that is already available to you but may be hard to find and makes it easier to connect with them.”
What do you think of the new feature? Has it shown up on your account yet? Clutter or timesaver? Let us know in the comments below.