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Gmail Labs adds Smart Labels to help organize your inbox

Last year, Google kicked up Gmail with Priority Inbox, which uses a clever algorithm to decide which incoming email are most important to you. And now, with the introduction of Smart Labels, even more zero-config automated sorting is here to help your webmail woes. Smart Labels will automatically scour for and tag any bulk mail, notifications, and forum communications you receive. You're not...

Cisco kills off Web-based email service

Cisco has conceded defeat in the Web-based email game. The enterprise powerhouse just couldn't make a dent against players like Microsoft and Google, and announced today that it would shut down its WebEx hosted webmail product. WebEx debuted a couple years ago and was built upon software from PostPath, which Cisco acquired in 2008 for $215 million. At $5 per user per month, Cisco provided...

Webmail: older people using it more, teens tossing it aside

Taking a look at comScore's comparison of 2009 vs. 2010 webmail use, a couple things are pretty clear. Older users are finally starting to see how Web-based email is useful and getting into the swing of things. That, in turn, seems to be causing teenagers to turn up their noses and flee services like Gmail and Hotmail in droves. OK, maybe it's not the increase in older users causing teens to...

Hotmail now offers disposable email via aliases

Though it's still playing catch-up in terms of geek cred, Hotmail has grown into a much more modern, powerful webmail app in the past year. The latest update by Microsoft introduces support for email aliases -- a handy option which Gmail users have enjoyed for quite a long time which are like the privacy-protecting disposable email accounts we've told you about before. Using an alias is handy...

Gmail now with display ads, just like Hotmail and Yahoo

When Gmail launched, one of the key things that differentiated it from its competitors was its complete reliance on highly non-intrusive text ads. Whereas the Yahoos and MSNs of the world were busy giving the word 'skyscraper' new meanings, Google kept it simple. While this may not have been as important to Gmail adoption as the threaded message view, spam filters, or any other features, it did...

Minimalist Gmail Chrome extension lets you fully customize your inbox

Gmail interface tweaks tend to be all or nothing: you either keep the standard Gmail interface with all its bells, whistles and distractions, or you hide all the links and sidebar doodads at once. The Minimalist Gmail Chrome extension is different: it gives you control over 40+ individual elements of the Gmail interface, from the top bar all the way down to the footer. Minimalist Gmail is...

Gmail Labs features get easier to find with Instant-like search

Gmail Labs features are great, but with more than four dozen to choose from, it's gotten a bit tedious scrolling through and trying to figure out which to enable. You could use your Web browser's built-in find feature to locate a specific term on the page, but that's just not very Google. Which is precisely why a pair of Google engineers decided it was time to add a fancy search option on the...

A week with AOL's new Project Phoenix mail

As a someone who's been using Gmail since the invites actually meant something, I've become quite comfortable with my inbox. While it's not the most widely-used webmail app around, Gmail has set the bar for geeky features pretty high -- and those features are what keep me coming back. So how does AOL's newly revamped mail app (codenamed Project Phoenix) stack up? I was pleasantly surprised. ...

Facebook Mail and Office Web Apps combo to go head-to-head with Google?

Things are relatively quiet this morning in the blogosphere, with the except of rumblings about Facebook possibly launching their own webmail app to compete with the likes of Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail, and Gmail. In reality, it's probably not so much about competition as it is with getting Facebook users to spend as much time on the site as possible -- adding to Facebook's glut of delicious,...

Hotmail adds full-session SSL for more secure webmail

Even average users are a bit more in-tune when it comes to security and privacy on the Web nowadays (thanks in part to the recent Firesheep business). As Sebastian pointed out, there's a simple solution: browse using HTTPS whenever possible. There's a minor problem with that fix, however. Many sites log you in via an SSL-encrypted connection but then immediately redirect you to an insecure...

Hotmail makes using your existing email address easier than ever

Microsoft has been cramming tons of useful new features into Hotmail this year, and the venerable webmail app is looking better than ever. Today, Microsoft has announced the arrival of another new feature -- one that is squarely aimed at encouraging new users to give Hotmail a try. One big thing which prevents users from making the switch to a new mail provider is the fact that they've already...

Easily set your Gmail, Hotmail, or Yahoo! Mail as Windows' default email client

Mailto:// links are still pretty common on the Web, and they can be somewhat bothersome if you use a Web-based email app like Gmail or Hotmail. Wouldn't it be great if you could tell Windows to open your webmail's compose page instead of trying to load a desktop program like Outlook Express or Windows Mail? There are actually several ways to get Windows to do this, but not many are as simple...

Gmail lets you ditch Conversation View if you prefer an old school inbox

A while back, Henry Blodget caused a bit of a stir by informing the world that he really wasn't a big fan of Gmail's Conversation View. At the time, however, it was love it or leave it -- Gmail didn't have an option to return to an old-fashioned, unthreaded inbox. That's all changed, however, with Google announcing today that you can now go threadless if you so choose. Just head to your...

Hotmail update brings Facebook chat, video integration, more

The last few months have been busy ones for the Hotmail crew, and they're continuing to push new features to their users. The latest round of upgrades includes enhanced folder options, built-in package tracking, embedded video playback, and a rather significant upgrade to Messenger. Hotmail users can now chat with their Facebook friends from the comfort of their inbox -- if I had my druthers,...

New Yahoo! Mail to be sexier, faster, and more social

Yahoo! Mail's upcoming interface refresh made its first public appearance today, and it's surprisingly good. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, of course, but to me, the overall layout is much more appealing than the Gmail default I've grown accustomed to. The first thing I noticed was that, unlike Gmail, there are tabs provided to switch between inbox and contacts views -- instead of...