Gmail Updated with Open as a Google Document Function

Gmail is the mail solution provided by the search giant that was meant to increase the security of your mail account, being able to sort your messages by sending them to their appropriate folder. Gmail is very efficient for spam protection because it redirects all the incoming spam messages directly to their folder, offering powerful […]

Gmail is the mail solution provided by the search giant that was meant to increase the security of your mail account, being able to sort your messages by sending them to their appropriate folder. Gmail is very efficient for spam protection because it redirects all the incoming spam messages directly to their folder, offering powerful functions for blocking or removing all the spam content stored into your account. Some time ago, Gmail was updated with the Mail Fetcher that was meant to make Google’s service a real POP3 client because the function helps you add up to 5 POP3 accounts to receive mail directly on the Gmail’s interface.

As you probably know, Google also owns Docs & Spreadsheets, a service that allows you to create, edit and share documents with an interface similar to the Office solution but online-based and with more functions. That’s why the search giant decided to create a powerful interoperability between Gmail and Docs & Spreadsheets that will allow the mail solution to open documents attached to the messages.

“If you receive Microsoft Word files, Rich Text files or documents from OpenOffice and StarOffice, you can open them directly in Google Docs. Gmail has already had this option for Excel attachments. It's a good idea to use it if you want to see more than just the text of the document (you can do this by choosing "View as HTML") or if you want to edit it, but you don't have an Office suite. The changes will be automatically saved, you'll have access to the previous versions and you can invite your contacts to edit the documents collaboratively. No more sending documents back and forth,