Google Friends Newsletter - June 2006


Reply by Chat
Since February, you've been able to "chat" using your Gmail account. And now, if you want to reply to an email message, but notice the sender is online and available, you can just "reply by chat." Best of all, these chat replies get grouped with the conversation just like email (after all, one of the best things about Gmail is how it groups a message and its replies into the same conversation so that you can always read your messages in context). To use this new feature, look for a link to "Reply by chat" at the bottom of any message sent by someone on your buddy list, right next to where you'd click to "Reply" or "Forward." The link will show up if the sender is online, and clicking on it will open a chat window where you can start chatting right away.



Google Earth 4
Celebrate the one-year anniversary of Google Earth becoming part of our family with the newest version, Google Earth 4. It's available for PC, Mac and Linux machines, is now offered in French, German, Italian and Spanish, as well as an enterprise edition. And there's a lot more high-resolution imagery in this version too. You can even try the new SketchUp and 3D Warehouse modeling tools yourself.

Google Calendar
If you have a work life, a home life, and a social life, you know the challenge of tracking all of it - and then there's coordinating with friends and family members too. The new Google Calendar can help. You can create a calendar, share it with anyone you invite, and send event invitations right from your calendar. It's also integrated with Gmail so you can directly add events that are mentioned in your email messages. Perhaps most important, Google Calendar supports other popular calendar applications so you can easily import and export your scheduled info.

Government Search
Just launched, Google U.S. Government Search offers a single location for finding U.S. government information, as well as state and local government websites. You can also use this site to keep up to date on government-related news from official government sources and the press. And finally, personalize the page by adding content feeds on government or other topics that you're interested in.

Picasa Web Album
Picasa is Google's free desktop photo management software for organizing and editing your digital pictures. Now we're testing a new feature that makes it easy to share your photos online too. Just pick the photos you want to share from Picasa and upload them to the web in a couple of clicks. Once they're online, your friends can simply go to your gallery's URL to see your pictures. Picasa Web Albums and the new version of Picasa that supports web uploading are currently in limited tests and are available by invitation only. For more information, and to add your name to our waiting list, please visit:

Google Browser Sync
If you have more than one computer and find it hard to keep your browser settings for all your computers in sync, you'll enjoy our new extension for Firefox. It unifies your bookmarks, history, saved passwords, and persistent cookies across all the computers on which you install it. Google Browser Sync also remembers which tabs and windows you had open when you last closed any of your browsers and gives you a chance to reopen them. We think you'll enjoy how it handles synching conflicts too, so that you can bring your browser with you everywhere.

Google Spreadsheets
At Google we're avid about sharing information easily and in real time. That's what led us to develop web-based spreadsheet software so that you can share, collaborate and update them among a number of people online. Now there's Google Spreadsheets, available on Google Labs.

Google Video Player for Macs
Mac fanatics can now enjoy their own Google Video Player, which works with both PowerPC and the new Intel-based Mac lines. You too can download or buy premium shows like "CSI" or even classic "Star Trek" at your leisure.



The book's the thing
In this all too frantic media-saturated world of ours, sometimes it's good to ponder the eternal truths. Many words about timeless matters belong to the one and only William Shakespeare. We celebrate his considerable body of work with a special Google Book Search site that includes all of his plays - comedy, tragedy, romance, history. From here you can also download Google Earth to visit the Bard of Avon's own Globe Theatre and other landmarks from his works and times. We are proud to support New York City's annual Shakespeare in the Park festival, and wanted to extend its reach across the Internet. Take time to savor the language you see on the screen!

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