Gmail is definitely one of the most popular web-based email clients out there. And even though it comes packed with a lot of interesting features, an occasional tweak or two makes the service much more effective. Filling this need comes Mailslayer, a free Chrome extension that adds to the functionality of Gmail making the interface much more productive.
Once installed, Mailslayer shows up as a small orange button on Gmail’s top right corner. From there, users can add or remove special ‘apps’ that add some interesting features to the interface. For now, there are 3 such apps: Person Labels, Snippets and Notes. The first one, that is Person Labels, allows users to group people into relevant labels like Work, Friend or Coworker, right from the conversation. Moreover, if you want to add some more information about a particular email, the notes app lets you add a short note about the contact as well as the conversation by simply clicking a box on the right. The third and the most interesting app in this extension is Snippets. This feature allows users to store text links, formatting and images as templates. These templates can then be accessed using a single click making the composing process a whole lot faster. Here’s a short video of Mailslayer in action:
The extension is available for Chrome at the moment, but a Firefox version will be coming soon. Also in the pipeline is a feature that allow users to check if their sent mail has been read. Users can also expect to see features like Twitter, Linkedin integration and Email metrics. Even though in beta, Mailslayer serves as a great addition to the default Gmail interface, adding much-needed productivity features to the popular mail client.