Gmail Currently Rolling Out the People Widget
Article by George Norman
On 30 May 2011
The development team behind the quite popular Google-owned email service, the appropriately named Gmail, has recently announced that in the next couple of weeks it will gradually roll out a new and interesting feature. The feature I am talking about is called the “people widget” and as Google Software Engineer Zohair Hyder explained, it is meant to help you “view relevant information in context.” The people widget will be displayed in the right hand side of your messages.

The people widget, as Hyder explained “surfaces content from friends, family and colleagues that is already available to you but may be hard to find and makes it easier to connect with them.”

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The info the people widget brings forth includes the following:
- Information on all the people in a conversation and recent emails you’ve received from those people.
- Buzz posts that are relevant to the email you received.
- Shared documents and calendar events.

The people widget also allows you to easily communicate with others, to easily start a group chat or schedule a meeting.

“Email is just as much about the people you communicate with as it is what you communicate about,” said Zohair Hyder. “We think it can be helpful to view relevant information in context, which is why over the next two weeks we’re rolling out a new people widget. We hope the people widget will improve your Gmail experience and we’re eager for you to try it out.”

If you don’t see the people widget in Gmail just yet, be patient. As mentioned above, Google is gradually rolling it out to the masses. The rollout should be complete in about two weeks. In the meantime, you can feast your eyes on a couple of pics Hyder made public, pics that show the new people widget in action. Check them out below:

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