Google bulks up Gmail with built-in search

From CNET Google has added the ability to search Google directly within Gmail, a move that increases the centrality of the e-mail service and gives Google a new opportunity to show advertisements.

The experimental feature, part of Gmail Labs, presents a search box to the left of a message you're composing. Typing search terms in it pops up a miniature window with a handful of results, and an individual result or its URL can be copied into the e-mail message body or into a separate message.

First, it reflects the increasing breadth of what can be done in Gmail besides just e-mail. The company has added instant messaging and video chat, which being communication mechanisms are conceptually similar to e-mail, but also through an open-ended gadget interface has enabled links to Google Calendar, Google Docs, and third-party services such as Twitter.

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