Gmail Introduces Preview Pane

Gmail has introduced a new feature in the form of Preview Pane which will enable users to browse emails when they are replying to some other at the same time. This feature was long awaited and was finally launched yesterday.

Preview Pane may be a new feature for PC users but it has been there for a while in Gmail’s tablet apps. Users of iPad and Android based tablets are familiar with Preview Pane.

This feature is now available in Gmail Labs and its design is almost identical to that of its counterpart used in tablets.

When a user activates Preview Pane, a three window panel opens up with Preview Pane in between the navigation and email panes.

Users can customize Preview Pane as per their need with the help of a settings button which is present at the top right corner of Gmail.

Users with high resolution screens will get the most of this feature but those with normal resolution need not to worry as Preview Pane will work fine with their screens also.

Though this feature sounds good but a lot of work is needed to make it better. We’ve used this feature and drawn a conclusion that it is still a beta product and it needs a lot of testing. It does not work well with Gmail labels if used in 3 panel mode.

Will you be using this feature?

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BlackBerry Manufacturer RIM To Fire 2000 Employees

Research In Motion(RIM), the maker of the famous BlackBerry phone has announced that it will cut down 2000 jobs and its Chief Operating Officer may get retired in a near future. The announcement was made earlier today.

RIM’s main product, the BlackBerry is facing a tough competition from Android, Apple’s iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S II. Its sales have gone down since the launch of these products.

The affected employees will be notified as soon as possible. These layoffs, though not unexpected, will cut down the total force of the company by 10% and that will make quite a difference.

No doubt that BlackBerry phones are a status symbol but their sales are not in a competition with that of Android phones and the iPhone. Recently, Apple Inc. announced its second quarter sells which was around 20.3 million. Blackberry sold nearly 13.2 million units during that period. So clearly, BlackBerry is not in a direct competition with the iPhone,

RIM’s Chief Operating Officer Don Morrison is currently on medical leave and it is believed that he will retire soon. RIM has already announced his successors as Thorsten Heins and Jim Rowan, who will share COO duties.

It is sad that such a remarkable phone is losing its charm but in today’s competitive world, if you don’t change with the need of the hour, you soon get forgotten.

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