Gmail earlier introduced Labs and brought with it some very interesting features, then came Google calendar integration with Gmail and now comes another interesting features, Task Management from within Gmail.
Tasks is a way to help you keep track of what you need to do and what you’ve already done. Official Gmail Blog says
We put your tasks in the same kind of window as chats, so they’re visible while you’re scanning your inbox, reading mail, or searching (and in Settings, too!). Just pop your list out into a new window to use Tasks outside of Gmail.
To enable Tasks, go to Settings, click the Labs tab (or just click here if you’re signed in). Select “Enable” next to “Tasks” and then click “Save Changes” at the bottom. Then, after Gmail refreshes, on the left under the “Contacts” link, you’ll see a “Tasks” link. Just click it to get started.
Here are some interesting tips to get more from Gmail Tasks feature.
- Manage your email workflow better by converting emails into tasks: “More Actions > Add to Tasks”
- ENTER creates a new task, TAB and SHIFT-TAB indent and un-indent, CTRL-UP and CTRL-DOWN let you reorder from the keyboard, and SHIFT-ENTER toggles back and forth between the detailed view for a task and the main view
- After turning Tasks on, turn on Keyboard shortcuts in “Settings > General” and then use “SHIFT-T” to create tasks from your emails – even faster than using the More Actions menu
So what are your views about this feature? Do you think it can evolve to become a RTM killer in the days to come? My wishlist for this feature to Google would be
1.) Integrate this feature with Google Calendar and other Google Apps.
2.) Create this as a full blown app and also release a mobile client for such an application.
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