Google launches Gmail Labs in 49 languages

Expansion of the email tools worldwide coincides with Gmail's fifth anniversary

Google's Gmail just grew up, but not by much. Marking the online e-mail service's fifth birthday, Google announced it is going global with its Gmail Labs box of quirky functions it launched last year in English.

Features include undo send, a way of retracting an e-mail up to five seconds after you hit the send button; mail goggles, which makes you solve some math questions before sending a message, to make it harder to send messages while inebriated; and a forgotten attachment reminder, which reminds you to attach a file if you mention one in your message.

"Because Gmail lives on the Internet, in what we call the 'cloud', we're able to innovate quickly and offer users creative, new and useful features on a regular basis," said Eric Tholome, director of product management at Google.

Gmail Lab's new languages are Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Malayalam, Marathi, Norwegian, Oriya, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

To enable Gmail's Labs, visit the Labs tab from within the Settings page (linked to from the top right of the inbox).

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