Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Coming Soon to Gmail: Automatic Vacation Responses and More
Caleb Eggensperger tells us there will be two new features coming to Google’s Gmail soon (how soon, nobody knows – usually these features are rolled out slowly, and can take anything from weeks to months to show up for everyone):
- The first feature has already been mentioned here because it was found by translating future Gmail interface texts; it’s Gmail Contact Groups. This is nothing new in the world of email and a feature most other email clients have as well (at least desktop clients). Instead of emailing a single person, you can group several addresses into one.
- The second feature are automatic vacation responses. That means whenever you’re away from your computer, you can set up an auto-reply to inform those who email you that you’re gone at the moment. (While Google says that they will not send this auto-response to messages flagged as spam, it’s also true they don’t correctly identify all messages as spam. This in return might “validate” your email to some spammers.)
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