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Google Chrome gets HTML5-based desktop Gmail, Gtalk alerts

updated 09:35 am EST, Thu January 27, 2011

Google Chrome adds HTML5 desktop notifications

Google today gave Chrome users a special desktop notification feature. The browser can optionally pop up HTML5-based notices for new Gmail messages or Gtalk chat, independently of the browser window. The feature is OS-independent and only requires an active tab with Gmail open to work.

The feature can be switched on in Gmail's settings and allows switching on notifications for either format on its own. For e-mail, users also have the option of setting the notifications to only appear for important messages in the prioirty inbox mode. Google eventually hopes to make such notifications a standard across all web browsers in an upcoming HTML spec but hasn't said how close it might be.

by MacNN Staff



  1. dagamer34

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I wish Chrome on OS X would have an option of using Growl instead.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It says it is HTML5-based desktop GMail, but it isn't an actual specification as of yet. Just another of 18,000 attempts to add features to HTML/browser that everyone does.

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