E-mail Gadgets in Windows® 7
E-mail is very powerful, convenient and important communication medium for users. Its where, you can read, send and organize your mails. So, you will be extra careful which program you choose. Windows Live Mail, Mozilla Thunderbird, Opera Mail, etc. are some examples for this. Microsoft have introduced new functionalities for gadgets in Windows 7. Gadgets in Windows 7 can be moved freely around on the computer desktop. This is unlike, how they were implemented in Windows Vista where they were locked in a sidebar. These gadgets will display information and notifications about online services, such as Facebook and Twitter or software programs, like Skype or Outlook on the Windows desktop. Some of them even come with additional functionalities, like being able to send status updates to the online service. They can also allow chatting with friends, right from the desktop without having to open the software program.
Let us now talk about various e-mail gadgets in Windows 7 based computer system:
- Facebook Explorer
- Gmail Reader
- Twitter Explorer and Messenger Gadget
Facebook Explorer is one of the popular gadgets. This gadget can be used to read new messages which are posted by friends at the Facebook website. It is further more possible to set or delete the current status of the user’s Facebook account from within the gadget. The gadget will need to be authorized before it can be used. This process is done during set-up, where the gadget will display links to Facebook.
Gmail Reader will check a configured Gmail account for newest e-mails regularly. It will display a summary of the latest 20 received e-mails and will also notify the user with a sound alert if new e-mails have arrived in the Gmail account.
Twitter Explorer gadget will display the latest messages received by the Twitter user, so that we can reply to that immediately. It can also open the links that are posted in messages. This gadget also offers search and filters to display replies. Messenger Gadget displays the Windows Live Messenger account information. This also displays contact status information and then allows the user to start chat sessions. You can also update the status right from the Messenger Gadget.
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