Gmail announced the Labs graduations for “Automatic Message Translation, Smart Mute and Title Tweaks” today. In addition to graduating these three labs, Google will also be retiring some less popular labs over the next few days including: Old Snakey, Mail Goggles, Mouse Gestures, Hide Unread Counts, Move Icon Column, Inbox Preview, Custom Date Formats and SMS in Chat gadget.
Please note that the SMS in Chat lab is not being retired, just the gadget associated with it.
Automatic Message Translation launched on May 20, 2009, now over the next few days, will add the translation added to all Gmail users. With this added translation the next time you receive a message in a language other than your own, just click on Translate message in the header at the top of the message, and it will be instantly translated into your language.
“If you’re bi-lingual and don’t need translation for that language, just click on Turn off for: [language]. Or if you’d like to automatically have messages in that language translated into your language, click Always Translate. If you accidentally turned off the message translation feature for a particular language, or don’t see the Translate message header on a message, click on the down arrow next to Reply at the top-right of the message pane and select the Translate message option in the drop-down,” explains Jeff Chin, Product Manager, Google Translate.
With the graduation from Labs, Google changed the text in the browser tab so that you can more easily see if you have new messages. The tab now reads “Inbox (20) – email@example.com – Gmail” instead of “Gmail – Inbox (20) – firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Smart Mute now out of Labs comes with muting improvements to make sure that noisy email threads stay out of the Gmail inbox.
You can learn more about muting email threads in the help center.
Also, Gmail in the Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education, now has the following new features:
- Automatic language translation
- The text in the browser tab now reads “Inbox (20) – email@example.com – Gmail” instead of “Gmail – Inbox (20) – firstname.lastname@example.org.”
- A change to the way “Mute” works
The following features are now available to domains following the Scheduled Release track:
- Gmail: Compact conversation view becomes more compact
- Gmail: New Google Plus people widget
Finally, beginning Monday, April 30th, a new Control Panel Dashboard user interface started to roll out over the next 2-3 weeks. The new design simplifies the Dashboard layout and brings commonly used actions and setup tasks to the main page.
Google Apps for Education and Government customers will receive this update around late-May to early-June 2012.