Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Gmail Labs - Background Send

The newest feature in Gmail Labs called ‘Background Send’ is a feature to enable you to continue with other tasks instead of waiting for your mail to be sent. You can even send more than one email and it will be sent in the background while you continue to work. Of course, since this is in Labs (click on Options then Labs) it is in the testing or beta stage and is not quite ready for prime time. If you enable this feature, there is a possibility it could break, change, or completely disappear at anytime.  So far I have had positive experiences with the features I enabled while in Labs.

When you enable this feature and ready to send an email, as you click the ‘Send’ button you will get a message “Sending in the background” (images taken from Gmail Blog at reference link below).

If your message was sent successfully, you will get “Your message has been sent”.

If there is a problem with sending the email, you will get a ‘send error’ stating “There was a problem sending your message. Fix. Fix later”. You can continue working and fix the problem later or fix it right away as the options imply. The ‘send error’ will remain until you fix the problem.

If you are still seeing “Sending in the background”, it is advised not to sign off or close your browser until the mail has been sent because you will probably lose it.

I enabled and used this feature and the emails were sent faster than prior to enabling it. If you decide to try it out, I would be interested in hearing how it is working for you.

As always, post your comments, email me with your topics and let’s have a good time learning together!

In His Service,

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