Gmail Notifier Plus – Taskbar based app for Windows

Normally, this series is called ‘Apps for Windows’, but this one is titled for Windows 7 because the application is made specifically for this OS. This must be one of the first third-party applications that support Jump Lists, Taskbar previews and even controls in the previews like Windows Media Player does.

Made by Neowin member Baptiste Girod (daty2k1), Gmail Notifier Plus is a unique application that does what Windows Live Mail doesn’t. It notifies you when you have new email in your Gmail account through a notification on its taskbar button, which works like a charm. It doesn’t pop up an ugly notification but instead looks pleasing.

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Want to see a preview of the new mail? Hover over the taskbar button, and it’ll show you snippets of your new mail. You can use the arrow buttons to navigate between new mails right there in the thumbnail preview.

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The emails also show up in the Jump List along with common tasks such as compose email, go to inbox, check for new email and account settings.

Gmail Notifier Plus 3 Gmail Notifier Plus 7 The thumbnail is used very smartly and lets you know when there’s an issue and you should be checking your account settings or when your network connection is not working.

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Now only if Microsoft would learn from it and implement such features in Windows Live Mail and Outlook. You can download this wonderful application here. Note that you might find some bugs in it, so do remember to give your feedback.

Jump lists and taskbar previews along with controls are new features introduced with Windows 7. They show when an app is pinned to the new and improved taskbar in Windows 7. Jump lists provide quick shortcuts to locations inside an app, taskbar previews show a preview of the app’s interface and controls let users access things like playback controls or other types of buttons without opening the app, just from the taskbar preview.

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