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cathaa
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8/28/2013 | 6:50:05 AM
re: Gmail's New Compose: 5 Pros and Cons
I've been trying and trying to find something good about this wretched change and frankly I can't. None of your pros are enough to make up for the fact that I can only view 5 lines (and that's on the enlarged compose screen) at any one time - makes it jolly annoying to have to keep scrolling up and and down to read what I've typed. I absolutely hate it to the point I'm trying out other email options. I'm quite prepared to give Gmail the flick and I too have been a user since the invitation days.
sdelinger
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5/31/2013 | 5:19:09 PM
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I've always been using a new window to edit a new message (and referencing other emails): keyboard shortcuts on, Shift-C for New Compose Window. COMPLETELY agree that the new window sucks, especially requiring mouse/trackpad intervention to CC or BCC. I guess we can expect more of this when IM users program email interfaces?
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4/4/2013 | 3:55:33 PM
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Good points all with the pros, but the con of the CC/BCC being sort of hidden is a HUGE con for me. Instead of being able to hit "tab" and keep typing email addresses in the cc line, I have to grab for my mouse, click cc, then get back to typing. I need to send emails quickly, Google! I need this functionality! Help!

Worth noting, I think, that this would be a very easy change.
Deb Donston-Miller
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4/4/2013 | 8:37:38 AM
re: Gmail's New Compose: 5 Pros and Cons
Thanks, Leo. You make a great point about contacts and tasks.

Deb Donston-Miller
Contributing Editor, The BrainYard/InformationWeek
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4/4/2013 | 8:36:36 AM
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Thanks for the comment, and I did the search thing, too, to see how far back my Gmail usage went. At first it was a secondary email system for me, but now that I am a freelancer, I use it almost exclusively. I do use Outlook on occasion, and I would argue that there are many elements to it that are unintuitive--I think we've all just been trained really well.

Deb Donston-Miller
Contributing Editor, The BrainYard/InformationWeek
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4/4/2013 | 8:33:22 AM
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Thanks for your comment! I have had problems, as well, with not being able to get a message or message content back if accidentally deleted. And, you're right--you're kind of at Google's mercy in terms of direct complaints, although I am sure they are "hearing" all of the negative talk about the new compose feature. I can see that I am in the minority in terms of liking it, at least based on the comments I have seen.

Deb Donston-Miller
Contributing Editor, The BrainYard/InformationWeek
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4/3/2013 | 6:17:21 AM
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What a stinker! New Gmail Compose looks like a clumsy, dysfunctional beta-1 implementation.

Google, what are you doing? Is composing on a tiny window in the bottom corner some genius 15 year old's brilliant idea of progress, to make Gmail look like a messaging app?

In Google Apps which is pitched at paying business users, this is a killer. Please fix this deeply unpopular anomaly immediately. Don't be evil...you promised
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4/2/2013 | 10:32:54 PM
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Thanks for the great analysis!

At Textbox.io have developed a browser extension which solves a lot of the complaints with the new Gmail Compose and lets you get the best of both worlds.

I have blogged about our solution at http://bit.ly/12dKoc8 and posted a video at http://youtu.be/HzOGrdpsnmg
Cara Latham
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4/2/2013 | 2:28:46 PM
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To me, the change is minor. I've also been a Gmail users since the invite-only days. Maybe this is because I am so used to Facebook making much more dramatic changes that a minor change elsewhere seems to be much more readily acceptable -- as if to say, "At least it wasn't as dramatic as..." But I do agree with the idea that the changes should have been more intuitive, as some comments have already mentioned.
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4/1/2013 | 8:39:57 PM
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Those are new features? Email clients like Thunderbird can do that since forever...and they can do that even offline! And TB works fine with a gmail address. Why rely on the cloud when there are real client apps?
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