Gmail Gadgets You Could Try Out, A Look at Gmail's New Design
Article by George Norman
On 05 Jul 2011
To enhance the functionality Google’s email service has to offer, you can try out one of the many experiments available in Gmail Labs. Among those experiments there’s one called “Add any gadget by URL”. Turn this experiment on (to do that you have to click the sprocket icon -> Mail Settings -> Labs -> enable Add any gadget by URL -> click Save Changes) and you will be able to activate ten cool Gmail Gadgets.

The following ones:
Wikipedia - http://www.google.com/ig/modules/wikipedia.xml
This gadget will allow you to search to anything on Wikipedia, all from within Gmail.

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Google Calculator - http://calebegg.com/calc.xml
The awesome functionality of Google Calculator within Gmail.

Note - http://www.google.com/ig/modules/sticky.xml
You can put a sticky note in the corner of Gmail.

Remember the Milk - http://www.rememberthemilk.com/services/modules/gmail/rtm.xml
A handy way to access all your “Remember the milk” notes from right within Gmail.

PolyClock - http://gad.getpla.net/poly/clock.xml
See what time it is in various parts of the world.

Currency converter - http://helloworld123---.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/currency-converter.xml
Will come in handy if you work with currency.

bit.ly URL shortener - http://hosting.gmodules.com/ig/gadgets/file/107368512201818821991/bitly-shortener.xml
Handy access to the bit.ly URL shortening service.

Google Calendar - http://www.google.com/ig/modules/calendar.xml
View Google Calendar from within Gmail (this is also available as a separate experiment in Gmail Labs).

Google Docs - www.google.com/ig/modules/docs.xml
Easy access to your recent documents (this one is also available as a separate experiment in Gmail Labs).

Chuck Norris fact generator - http://marsupialmusic.net/stu/scripts/chucknorris.xml
A funny “Chuck Norris fact” for every day of the year.

As we were reporting last week, Google is redesigning some of its properties, including Google Search, Google Maps and Gmail. The driving principles behind this redesign are focus, elasticity, and effortlessness. Below is a pic that shows how Gmail looks after the redesign. If you don’t see the redesigned version of Gmail, be patient; it is being rolled out gradually.





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