[Gmail Update] Desktop Notifications for new Emails & Chat

Google in its yet another approach to make Gmail more friendly has introduced Desktop Notifications for Chats and any new Email messages. Desktop Notifications are possible under the pretext of HTML5 and available only for Chrome users as of now. This is clearly another attempt to attract users to Google Chrome browser which already has a market segment of more than 10% worldwide. Even I activated the feature to see how this works and found out the following:

  • It did not send me any notification about a new ‘Important’ email even after 10 minutes of its arrival. Probably I need to check how it works exactly.
  • Chat notifications were immediately displayed.

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Activation is easy and you will find the relevant settings under the Gmail Settings page in the General section with the title ‘Desktop Notifications’. You can select what all Desktop notifications you want to receive like Chats, All new emails or only for Important emails. No doubt, you can always Turn off the notifications anytime in case you wish to do so.

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I guess this is a great move and will make Gmail much more favourite among the users. Let me know what you feel about this update and how do you plan to use Desktop notifications further. Don’t hesitate even if you have some queries about this.

LINK: Official Gmail Update

15 replies on “[Gmail Update] Desktop Notifications for new Emails & Chat”

  1. really impressive stuff from Gmail. But, i am seeing only 2 options for the incoming Mail option:
    ~ Mail Notification On
    ~ Mail Notification Off

    how do you bring in the IMPORTANT MAIL NOTIFICATION???

    And what is the IMPORTANT MAIL NOTIFICATION about?
    how does gMail undertand which mails are important and which ones are not?

      1. i did that…. but still now luck.
        how do you set a mail as IMPORTANT when you are sending the mail to someone

      2. @Syed: Well if you do not use the Priority Inbox feature, then you will not be able to distinguish your emails as important. And that is the reason, Desktop notifications is not showing you the relevant options for only Important emails.

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