Evolution of Gmail Infographic - New "Glass Collective" Investment Syndicate Launches

This April marks Gmail' 9th birthday. Google introduce "Glass Collective," an investment syndicate between three of Google owned firms.

Google Glass Collective, an investment syndicate between three Google firms, is introduced today, to provide seed funding to entrepreneurs in the Glass ecosystem to help jumpstart their ideas.

Glass is a potentially transformative technology. It's a window into the world's information, and a new way to share experiences with those you care about.

Smart entrepreneurs and engineers are going to develop amazing experiences through Glass.

"Here at Google Ventures, my partners and I thought the potential for Glass was significant enough to invite our friends at Andreessen Horowitz and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers to join us in exploring this big opportunity. We've formed the Glass Collective, an investment syndicate between our three firms, to provide seed funding to entrepreneurs in the Glass ecosystem to help jumpstart their ideas," posted Bill Maris, VP, Google Ventures.

Google Glass Collective

Google also revealed that "within the next month" it is going to deliver the Glass to developers.

The exact date of shipping is still not known, but Google says, "it is now very close to shipping the $1,500 devices to developers."

In other Google news, Gmail that was launched in April 2006, celebrating its 9th birthday. To highlight the evolution, Google has created a infographic (embedded below) showcasing how the online communication as a whole--evolved -- during that time and now.

Simply put, "whether you've been a Gmail user for 9 years or 9 months, your input helps us continue to keep Gmail current and useful. Thanks for taking this journey with us, and onward to year ten!," wrote Gmail team.

How much do you know about open source? Google on March 8 celebrated Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Day at the Google Zurich office.

Google employees gathered to listen to talks by Chris DiBona, Director of Open Source at Google, and Karsten Gerloff, president of Free Software Foundation Europe.

The evening wrapped up with a FOSS game where the new hires proved they were better at answering tricky questions than old-timers.

There was also a contingent of "Nooglers" (new Googlers), who had to answer rather tricky questions about FOSS.

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Evoluiton of Gmail: 9th Anniversary Infographic

Update 04/12: Below is a full list of shortcuts that are enabled by default in Gmail:

  • arrow keys: you can use the up/down arrows to navigate in a list of conversations and press Enter to select one of them. Gmail automatically loads the previous/next page of conversations. Use the left arrow key and then the up/down arrow keys to move your cursor to a different label or the compose button.
  • n/p: if you open a conversation with multiple messages, use the n/p keys to go to the next or previous message. Press Enter to load that message if it's collapsed.
  • Ctrl+Enter: use this shortcut in the compose window to send a message.
  • Shift+Esc: focus the main window.
  • Esc: focus the latest chat or compose window.
  • Ctrl+. or Ctrl+,: move the cursor to the next/previous chat or compose window, or to the main window.
  • Ctrl+Shift+c: add CC recipients in the compose window.
  • Ctrl+Shift+b: add BCC recipients in the compose window.
  • Ctrl+Shift+f: change the From email address in the compose window.

List of shortcuts for formatting text when you compose a message:

  • Ctrl+Shift+2 - insert emoticon
  • Ctrl+Shift+7 - numbered list
  • Ctrl+Shift+8 - bulleted list
  • Ctrl+Shift+9 - quote text
  • Ctrl+[ - indent less
  • Ctrl+] - indent more
  • Ctrl+Shift+l - align left
  • Ctrl+Shift+e - align center
  • Ctrl+Shift+r - align right

Already available in the old compose interface:

  • Ctrl+b - bold text
  • Ctrl+i - italic text
  • Ctrl+u - underline text
  • Ctrl+k - insert link

Obviously, Mac users should replace Ctrl with .