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Google Launching Desktop Notifications for Gmail

By - Source: The Official Gmail Blog | B 13 comments

Google has announced that Chrome users can now get desktop notifications for Gmail and Gchat.

Google today revealed in a blog post that Gmail users using the company’s browser, Google Chrome, can now activate a setting that will allow them to receive desktop notifications for when they receive emails or chat messages.

"Many of us are guilty of constantly switching back to Gmail to check for new messages. And if you’re like me, you’ve probably missed an important chat message because you weren’t looking at your Gmail window when it came in," Google’s Andrew Wilson.

"If you use Google Chrome, these days can be over since we just launched HTML5 desktop notifications which display pop-ups whenever a chat message or new email arrives."

To activate the feature, go to your Gmail settings and activate desktop notifications. You can also customize it so you only receive Gmail or Gchat notifications, or only priority inbox notifications.

No word on whether non-Chrome users can expect this feature in the near future or if they’ll have to switch.

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    restatement3dofted , January 27, 2011 8:37 PM
    Seems like a decent feature, but it would be a lot more useful to me (personally, anyway) if it sent a desktop notification of new emails any time you had a chrome window open, rather than only when you already have gmail open in a tab or window (which currently appears to be the case). If I have to have the inbox open somewhere anyway, there's not a ton of added value in desktop notifications, since I'm constantly switching between tabs, and it already has an indicator on gmail's browser tab if you have new emails.
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    icepick314 , January 27, 2011 8:52 PM
    not really a useful feature...

    many multi-service IM clients have webmail notification...
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    restatement3dofted , January 27, 2011 8:57 PM
    Forget what I said above, I don't see the value in this feature at all. Gmail notifier has always let you get desktop notifications of new emails without having to have a browser open at all, and gchat's default is set to make your browser tab flash whenever you get a new message. Point of new feature = ?
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    dkant1n , January 27, 2011 10:56 PM
    I like this, no new software installation needed in case u already have chrome
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    x4dm , January 27, 2011 11:12 PM
    Welcome to 2004!
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    Anonymous , January 27, 2011 11:20 PM
    I've been using trillian for a few years, it does all this and more.
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    mayankleoboy1 , January 28, 2011 1:19 AM
    to hell with google.
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    cdirtydevil , January 28, 2011 6:12 AM
    too late I went back to ffox. even though chrome is a little faster.Firefox needs better memory management.
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    tonyburkhart , January 28, 2011 10:30 AM
    This is useful for my needs on one computer. I love that I don't have to install any other extensions or add-ons, etc. I don't run any chat/IM program on this computer. This is used for one purpose: reading news stories and submitting them, via email. Getting desktop notifications, without having to switch tabs, or keep offline mail running is fabulous. Thanks Google! Story = Dugg :) 
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    skora , January 28, 2011 11:02 AM
    Wow, Got to love the google think tank.
    Been using this for a while.
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    g00fysmiley , January 28, 2011 12:26 PM
    the real story here seems to be this dog that can seemingly make delicous cookies .... where can i get such an extrordinary canine
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    Gizshep , January 29, 2011 1:52 AM
    I can recommend Gmail Notifier Plus:

    No popups, but can play a sound. Allows for multiple accounts, displays unread email when holding mouse over it (arrows to navigate all unread), or shows the most resent unread ones in a list if you rightclick.
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    Anonymous , June 16, 2012 7:07 PM
    Firefox users can install tab notifier:
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