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Gmail recently introduced two new small but handy features. The most recent of these is a new labs feature which will appeal to email users who are used to using a desktop application when accessing their email. When enabled, the Background Send feature will allow you to hit send on an email, and continue reading other emails, composing new messages and chatting with friends on Gmail chat, at the same time your email is being sent.

This is a feature that we’ve come to take for granted using desktop applications like Outlook, Thunderbird or Sparrow, and even though it’s only a matter of seconds, it can make a huge difference when you’re pressed for time at work.

After you’ve hit send, the screen will redirect to your inbox where you’re free to continue reading and sending emails.

If something goes wrong, and your email isn’t sent, Gmail will notify you and provide a link for you to fix the error.

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A few days earlier Gmail made another small change to their labels feature. In the past, a label name could only be a maximum of 40 characters. With the latest change, you have up to 225 characters worth of space, giving you pretty much free reign with your label names.

What do you think of Gmail’s newest features? If you use a desktop application, could Background Send convince you to ditch your program in favour of using the web interface? Let us know in the comments.

  1. Daniel Escasa
    April 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    I've been using background send for a few months now. It's called Compose in a new window (Shift-C).

  2. Born2bgeeky
    April 27, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    News has got old. I saw it here - http://bit.ly/hr69G2.

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