Last year, Google launched its official API for Gmail. This year it added a new feature: push notifications. Although this is a small change to Gmail, it’s important because it saves time and allows users to receive immediate notifications of any changes to the inbox. Although Gmail will continue to provide IMAP support, the API will continue to provide the same features it had in the past like drafts, replies, and native search.
A report released by the Next Web was announced at a conference last year.
“The inclusion of push notification support means third party developers no longer have to poll Gmail for new messages, which helps eliminate time and extra network costs.”
In the Lauderdale Daily News, Gmail Extensibility team’s Eric DeFriez announced that this would help developers by reducing the burden of polling for updates in Gmail.
“Just subscribe to a Gmail mailbox and whenever a change occurs, the Gmail API will instantly notify your server using webhooks or another Cloud Pub/Sub API notification method. No polling required.”
Previously, Google released an app for Gmail that allows users to download their email directly onto their devices. Google is a leading provider for solutions for business and has created many tools to allow businesses to collaborate including Google+, Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Sheets, Documents, and Forms. Users only need a free Google account in order to access all the features, and there are many other tools available to help businesses and other groups collaborate online. It also allows for easy sharing among family and other groups.
According to Tech News Today, Gmail offers many features to help make it easier to use the email. Because many of the features offered by the various tools created by Google are connected, sometimes it is necessary to turn off these tools, and Gmail makes it easy.
These tools include Undo Send, which gives users the opportunity to stop an email from being sent after it has been sent prematurely. The tools are located under the gear button.
Although mobile notifications are handy and make it easier to keep up with incoming mail, sometimes they can be more of a nuisance. It’s easy to turn off these notifications and then turn them back on when you need them.
Gmail also offers many convenient customizations that allow users to set email to work the way they want, including default actions like delete. Users can also prevent Gmail from adding events to the Calendar feature, a feature that wasn’t previously available. One of the most useful features is the autoresponder feature because it allows users to send canned responses for reasons like vacations.
The most valuable feature for Gmail, as well as all other tools for business, is the Learning Center. It offers extensive documentation for users to learn how to get the most out of all the tools Google offers.
Do you use Gmail? If so, which features do you find the most valuable?
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