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A view of the new contacts manager.  (Source:
GMail 2.0 is coming soon to your friendly local internet.

Google announced some news at its Analysts Day, which may excite some -- it will be releasing a completely rewritten, optimized and improved version of GMail.  The version's goal is reportedly to raise customer satisfaction to 70 percent. 

Such a high satisfaction rate, particularly for a free email service would be very impressive.  Many internet services, including the internet service itself enjoy woefully low satisfaction and general customer antipathy.

GMail has been driven by aging Java-script which will now be brought up to speed. The new version dubbed "GMail 2.0" has two main goals:  faster service and better contact management.

Initial testers reported the test version felt noticeably faster and more responsive, particularly in contacts management.  They report a new contacts screen, as well as that the chat can now not be hidden (at least in the trial version).

Another improvements is that contact pictures can be transferred directly from Google's Picasa web albums, all server-side, to reduce bandwidth and processing expenses on the user side.

Google recently made headlines when it switched to the superior IMAP protocol, an unexpected move for a free internet service, as reported at DailyTech.  IMAP support should be almost completely rolled out to GMail users by now.

Expect to see GMail 2.0 rolled out sometime this year or early next year.  The update is recognizable by a "newer version" option appearing in the upper right hand links in the mail window.  Be sure to comment if you received this update, as Google has not announced a hard date for the rollout.

Google currently features over 4 GB of storage per account, which makes it one of the most generous providers in terms of storage space.

Google has been breaking ground with many new initiatives, including its Google News, the Google Lunar Challenge and the Unity Project -- a trans-Atlantic cableline.  It did recently get its heart broken by Facebook, when it got rejected for Microsoft.  However, it is unconcerned as it has a deal with and several other networks, and hoards of loyal GMail users, who will soon be enjoying an improved version of their favorite email service.

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out with Java-script, in with... what?
By Jeff7181 on 10/31/2007 9:44:26 AM , Rating: 3
What is being used to create Gmail 2.0? Not so aged Java-script, Flash, XML?

RE: out with Java-script, in with... what?
By glitchc on 10/31/2007 9:46:45 AM , Rating: 2
Most likely AJAX..

By nace186 on 10/31/2007 9:50:33 AM , Rating: 5
which is still javascript and xml. Current gmail is already using ajax...

RE: out with Java-script, in with... what?
By GoatMonkey on 10/31/2007 9:58:36 AM , Rating: 1
It's probably just refactored JavaScript code.

RE: out with Java-script, in with... what?
By omnicronx on 10/31/2007 9:59:56 AM , Rating: 1

By Gul Westfale on 10/31/2007 10:30:10 AM , Rating: 3
maybe it would run faster if they just updated their mail servers?

RE: out with Java-script, in with... what?
By mikefarinha on 10/31/2007 10:36:37 AM , Rating: 3
From the article:
GMail has been driven by aging Java-script which will now be brought up to speed.

From GoatMonkey:
It's probably just refactored JavaScript code.

Refactoring code is just a way of cleaning up code to be more readable while keeping its current behavior. Functionality should be exactly the same after refactoring.

However I think you mean that they will still be using Java Script, but with improved functionality. Which is how I read the article too.

I'm looking forward to see all the new changes even though GMail is already great as it is.

Hopefully they will still allow people to turn off the integrated Google Talk. When I'm at work and have the Google Talk enabled it shows up with a lot of network pings which, our NetAdmin likes to get all up in arms about.

By ertomas on 10/31/2007 6:18:43 PM , Rating: 2
You can turn ofs chat. At the bottom of the page there's a link to turn it off.

BTW. I already have a link to an "older version" on my gmail. Thinks look a bit different!

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