Google expands trial for including Gmail results in search box, now includes Google Drive as well
Google has expanded its trial that includes results from your Gmail inbox to more users today, as well as your Google Drive account. You can sign up now to have results from your inbox appear as you search while signed in.
Google says people have been liking it so far:
We’ve gotten very positive feedback from those of you testing it out — such as this note: “The Gmail results feature is awesome! The fact that it’s all integrated into one screen is huge.” Many testers have requested being able to find Drive files as well — as one of you put it, “It would be awesome if I could search my google drive from google search as well 🙂”.
If you’re unfamiliar with how this affected your Google search results as a Gmail user, this is what seeing contacts and emails looks like in the interface:
The expanded trial will take on many of the same features as the initial one, offering up results in the Google search box that present email messages, relevant information and, brand new to this trial, results from your Google Drive:
You can try out the new results options in the field trial now, as long as you speak english and have a Gmail.com address. The trial was instituted back in August, when Google Director of Product Management, Universal Search Sagar Kamdar called it part of Google’s ‘Universal Search’, saying that “Gmail is almost larger than our web corpus and it continues to grow.”