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Google Introduces Gmail Preview Pane Feature

On Thursday internet search giant Google revealed a Gmail Labs feature aimed at enabling an email preview pane, a function that has already been included in almost all the leading Webmail programs including rival Microsoft’s MS Outlook.

Google announced that users can activate this new feature by simply going into the Gmail Labs tab under Gmail.

“When I check my email, I often rely on the message snippets to figure out which messages to open first,” Maciek Nowakowski, a Google Associate Product Manager wrote on his blog post.

“Sometimes, though, I want to see more than snippets, which is why I’m happy to announce that you can now preview messages in your inbox using a new feature in Gmail Labs called Preview Pane,” he added.

Mr. Nowakowski also explained that once a user enables the Preview Pane from the Labs tab in Gmail settings, he will come across a toggle button towards the top right corner in the message list, and it will allow the user to switch between the list view and preview option.

However, this new feature introduced by the search giant has already been termed by a few experts as somewhat of a lookalike of the tablet view Google offers in its official Gmail app.