Google Makes It Easier to Email Google+ Contacts
Google today announced a change to Gmail that will improve users' ability to reach others. Gmail users will now be able to send emails to people they've added to their Google+ circles even if they don't have the actual email address. Gmail will auto-suggest Google+ contacts when users create new email messages. On the flip side, this means people who've circled you on Google+ will be able to email you directly even if you've never given them your email address. Google is baking in some privacy controls, however, and will allow Gmail and Google+ users to opt out of this auto-suggest feature. The change is being rolled out to all Gmail and Google+ users over the next few days. Users will receive an email explaining the new feature with a link to the appropriate settings tools.
Gmail to Convert Numbers, Addresses, and Contacts to Clickable Links
Google today said its G Suite customers will soon be able to take advantage of active hyperlinks in Gmail and Inbox that simplify the process of sending emails or making calls. Both mobile apps will convert text, such as phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses, into interactive links.
Gmail to Call Out Insecure Emails
Google is hoping to protect Gmail users by making them more aware of secure and insecure messages. Moving forward, Gmail will display an open lock icon for Google Apps users who receive messages from email services that don't support an encrypted connection.
Google Testing 3rd-Party Email Access in iOS Gmail App
Google is allowing people to use their non-Gmail email service within the Gmail app for iOS. Apple's own iOS email app and Microsoft's Outlook email app both already support multiple email services, as does Gmail on Android handsets.
Gmail for Android Gains Microsoft Exchange Support
Google today said the global Android Gmail app is set to add support for Microsoft Exchange. "Whether you're on Google Apps or Exchange, you can use the Gmail app on any Android device to send and receive mail," said Google in a blog post.
Google to Give Yahoo and Hotmail Users Gmail Benefits
Google today said people who use Yahoo or Hotmail/Outlook email services can "Gmailify" their accounts, which will add spam protection, inbox organization, and Google Now cards. Yahoo and Hotmail users need only sign into their Yahoo/Hotmail account through the Gmail app to gain the benefits offered to Gmail subscribers.