Gmail gets updated: new look navbar, contacts tab

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gmail logo.jpgA couple of changes have been introduced for users of Google’s webmail service, Gmail, today. Cleaning up the interface slightly, there’s now a new navbar as well as a revamped contacts tab.

The left hand column has been reorganised, with Mail, Contact and Task buttons sitting at the top of the list, and the Compose Mail button now sitting within a grey box.

The contacts section gets the most changes though. Compatible with Gmail keyboard shortcuts, you can now add and organise new fields, suffixes and titles, as well more prominence being given to notes.

Highlight buttons now sit in their own drop-down menu though, so you’ll have to click through an extra button press or two to access fucntions like mark all/unread etc.

The contacts changes look mostly for the best though, and with Gmail a major player when it comes to mobile email access, it’ll be interesting to see how well these changes translate to the mobile Google Apps, if at all.

Gerald Lynch