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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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I think i have the beta
By timbro on 10/31/2007 10:31:53 AM , Rating: 2
I have a link at the top that says old version/new version and at the bottom of my gmail it has a turn off chat link. How else can i tell if i have it?

RE: I think i have the beta
By timbro on 10/31/2007 10:36:23 AM , Rating: 2
yeah im pretty sure i have it. If i set it to older version the contacts screen is completely different. But other than that i don't notice any differences.

RE: I think i have the beta
By drebo on 10/31/2007 10:37:59 AM , Rating: 2
That's the point. The differences are in the back-end. They've really optimized it and the application as a whole performs much more smoothly.

RE: I think i have the beta
By timbro on 10/31/2007 10:44:37 AM , Rating: 2
it does run very fast now. but i don't remember it running slow to begin with. I notice some subtle differences like the more actions dropdown. I tested out the IMAP function and it works great :D

RE: I think i have the beta
By Suomynona on 10/31/2007 1:28:54 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, it does seem faster now, especially when opening a single e-mail. Long threads of e-mails are a little slow to load because of all the text, but switching between an e-mail and your inbox is almost instantaneous.

RE: I think i have the beta
By techfuzz on 10/31/2007 11:16:49 AM , Rating: 2
I have the new version too. When I checked my mail this morning I noticed the new chat box on the left. I thought it was just a new feature they added; I didn't realize it was an entirely new version until I saw this article on DT just now.

RE: I think i have the beta
By Murst on 10/31/2007 12:16:47 PM , Rating: 2
gmail has had a chat box for like a year now. I disabled it (by a link at the bottom of the page) several months ago cause it was annoying.

RE: I think i have the beta
By techfuzz on 10/31/2007 2:18:50 PM , Rating: 2
When I switch back to the older version, the chat box isn't there so I don't know where yours came from in the old version.

RE: I think i have the beta
By Murst on 10/31/2007 8:29:10 PM , Rating: 2
Weird... like I said, I have had the chat for a very long time. However, I currently have no link to switch back and forth between new and old version.

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