Google announced that it would be graduating three more features from its Gmail Labs project in a Google+ update on Thursday. There’s no roll-out period for these new features so you can hop straight on over to Gmail and use Default Reply to all, Quote selected text and Send and archive right now.
Default Reply to all is particularly handy if you use Gmail to communicate with multiple parties or mailing lists, and sets the default reply action to include all parties rather than the person who sent the last message only. Send and archive is another feature designed to save time by adding a button marked, unsurprisingly, Send and Archive to Gmail alongside your usual Send button, which sends then archives the current thread immediately with a single click.
Both of these features must be turned on under Settings, unlike the final addition which is active by default. Quote selected text makes it easier to comment on only certain parts of on email – simply highlight text in an email with your cursor, hit reply and watch Gmail automatically import your selected text.
Google Labs, which launched way back in June 2008, continues to add extra functionality to Google’s web-based email service with experimental new features. These features tend to take a while to leave the Labs stage though, much like Gmail itself, which was in beta phase for more than five years.
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Source: Gmail on Google+