Lifehacker: Get Back Some of Inbox’s Features With Darwin Mail. “If you’re missing Google’s Inbox, Darwin Mail might be a good replacement. The service works with your Gmail account to bring many of the best features of Inbox back to your inbox.”
Lifehacker: How to Spice Up Gmail’s ‘Smart Replies’ With Random Poetry. “Not all hacks have to make you a productivity wizard. Some only need to make you happy, and add a little joy (or confusion) to those you email, too. At least, that’s the best way I can think of to describe the Chrome extension ‘Suggested poems for Gmail,’ a brilliant little service that drops a literary bomb on Google’s normal suggested autoreplies in Gmail.”
Lifehacker: See Someone’s Facebook and LinkedIn Info Right in Gmail With This Extension. “One of the features of being a reporter is you get a significant amount of unsolicited email, often from people that you don’t know. Discoverly is a Chrome extension that can help put those stranger’s emails into perspective.”
Google Blog: Hitting send on the next 15 years of Gmail. “Back in 2004, email looked a lot different than it does today. Inboxes were overtaken by spam, and there was no easy way to search your inbox or file messages away. Plus, you had to constantly delete emails to stay under the storage limit. We built Gmail to address these problems, and it’s grown into a product that 1.5 billion users rely on to get things done every day. Today, on Gmail’s 15 birthday, we’re taking a look back and sharing where we’re headed next.”
Lifehacker: Gmail’s ‘Canned Responses’ Feature Is Finally Good. “Gmail’s template feature just got a badly needed redesign. Poorly named ‘canned responses,’ this isn’t the feature where Gmail suggests a two-word reply to an email. (That’s ‘smart reply.’) This is a much more useful feature, buried in the ‘Advanced’ settings menu on Gmail’s desktop interface, that lets you save multiple emails to reuse whenever you’re composing an email.”
Ars Technica: HTML email reborn, as Google brings AMP to your inbox. “Google is bringing AMP, its cut-down version of HTML, to email. Starting today, Gmail on the Web will be able to support embedded AMP content, with support rolling out to mobile clients later. Gmail will also be joined by Outlook.com, Yahoo Mail, and Mail.Ru, with their respective developers promising to add support soon.” I have security concerns.
Engadget: IFTTT loses some Gmail triggers on March 31st . “Google’s push to tighten third-party API access is already going to cost the world Google+, but a change that more of you might notice is coming to IFTTT. The service sent out emails alerting users that their “recipe” scripts involving Gmail triggers and an action that could create a draft will go away as of March 31st. According to Google, the shift is a result of the Project Strobe sweep it announced last October.”