What’s new on Gmail?

Just launched!A picture’s worth a thousand wordsWith contact pictures in Gmail, you can pick ones for yourself, see which ones your friends have chosen, and set certain pictures to show up for specific people in your Gmail account. Best of all, you can even send picture suggestions to your friends. Learn more We’re in the process of rolling this feature out to all users, so keep an eye out for it in your account!

Gmail Chat now has sound!Never miss out on a chat in Gmail again. Now there’s a “ping” when people send you a chat.
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What’s been keeping us busy…Ever since we launched Gmail, we’ve been working hard to make it better. Here are a few of the features we’ve added:
Gmail ChatGet in touch with your friends instantly, from right inside Gmail! It’s the biggest thing to happen to Gmail, since well, Gmail.
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Delete buttonDelete the messages you really don’t want. For the rest, use Archive, which removes a message from your Inbox, but keeps it in All Mail so you can always find it later.
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Gmail MobilePoint your phone’s web browser to http://m.gmail.com to access Gmail from your mobile phone or device. It’s easy to use and it’s free (but yes, your wireless plan could still charge you).
Learn moreIt also has these cool features:

Automatically optimizes the interface for the phone you’re using
Opens the attachments you receive in messages, including photos, Microsoft Word documents and .pdf files
Lets you reply by call to people whose phone numbers are in your Gmail Contacts list
Vacation auto-responderSet an auto-response so that if you’re lying on a beach or taking a train across Siberia, your friends will know you won’t be checking your email.
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Contact groupsOne of our most-requested features is finally here! Now you can send messages to a group instead of having to pick out the individual addresses every time.
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RSS feeds in GmailView your favorite RSS feeds right in Gmail as “Clips” along the top of your Gmail screen. Display clips from blogs, news sites and other online sources. Pick from the latest headlines, random popular feeds, or add any RSS/Atom feed you want.
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View as HTMLNow you can view Microsoft Office, OpenOffice or .pdf attachments as web pages by clicking the “View as HTML” link instead of downloading. For when you want to see it faster, you’re on a mobile device, or you don’t want to install software just to view a document.
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Shortcuts on the rightNow Gmail automatically detects addresses and tracking numbers, and displays useful information such as directions and package tracking alongside your messages. Learn more
Virus scanning is here!For your protection, Gmail now automatically scans for viruses every time you open or send a message with an attachment. We even try our best to remove all the viruses we find.
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Export contactsExport your Gmail Contacts and save them in a file for back-up or to use in another account or service–great if you’re using Gmail’s free POP access.
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Auto-saveSaves to ‘Drafts’ as you’re composing. Never lose a half-written email again.
Get to Gmail from any web pageDownload the new Gmail-enabled
Google Toolbar. Search your mail or instantly go to your Inbox from any web page with just one click. Learn more
Offline access to messages
Google Desktop lets you search your computer for files, music, photos, chats, web pages you’ve seen, and now, your Gmail messages too. Even if you’re offline.
Gmail on Google.comSee your new messages directly from your
personalized Google.com homepage.
Google TalkIM and make free calls through your computer with
Google Talk. Your Gmail contacts are even pre-loaded. Learn more
Customized ‘From:’ addressesCustomize the address on your outgoing messages to display another one of your addresses instead.
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An application for Macs The
Gmail Notifier for Mac OS X even supports plug-in development.
More languagesNow you can use Gmail in 38 languages: US and UK English, simplified and traditional Chinese, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.
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More storageStorage is an important part of email, which is why Gmail now gives you over 2.5 gigabytes of free space (and growing every day)! Learn more
Rich text formattingUse fonts, colors, highlighting and other rich formatting options when you compose messages.
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An easier way to send up to 10MB of photosGmail now works with
Picasa, Google’s free photo organizer, so you can easily send photos from your Gmail account. Learn more
Support for more browsersBasic HTML view lets you access your Gmail messages from almost any computer running almost any web browser.
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Free POP access and automatic forwardingAccess your mail the way you want to. Download your messages. Read them offline. Use your Blackberry or Outlook or any POP-enabled device. Or forward new messages to an email account you specify. You can even switch to other email services without having to worry about losing access to your messages. Think of it as email portability
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Import ContactsMove all your contacts from Yahoo! Mail, Outlook, and others to Gmail in just a few clicks.
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Signature optionsFrom the settings page, create a signature that’s automatically added to the end of all your outgoing messages.
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