The Bottom Line
- GMail Counter announces new mail in a Gmail account in the Windows Vista Sidebar
- You can see sender and subject of each mail in GMail Counter and open individual messages
- GMail Counter can play a sound for new mail as well
- GMail Counter is a bit spacious for a gadget and has no reduced view
- You cannot watch multiple Gmail accounts or focus on individual labels with GMail Checker
- GMail Counter offers no way to delete or archive message right away
- GMail Counter announces mail in a Gmail account.
- The Windows gadget can be placed in the Sidebar or position freely on the screen.
- GMail Counter lists up to five unread emails (sender and subject) per page, and lets you scroll for more (up to four times).
- You can open individual emails by clicking them. Hovering yields a few lines of body text.
- GMail Counter supports Windows Vista.
Guide Review - GMail Counter 2 - Windows Vista Gadget
What fancier — and, perhaps, more functional — way to watch a Gmail account in Windows Vista than a gadget, however? Position GMail Counter elegantly in the Sidebar or drag it onto the Desktop and make it translucent.
When new mail comes in, GMail Counter can play a sound and shows sender and subject of up to five messages in a preview window (you can scroll to see more). Clicking an email will take you to the message in Gmail, but you can also go to your Inbox.
It's a pity you cannot check and open individual labels with GMail Counter, though, or multiple Gmail accounts. Links to composing a new message and, though this might be out of GMail Counter's realms, more interaction with received mail (like archiving it right away) might be nice.
For those preferring a simple announcer or counter instead of the rather big preview window GMail Counter uses, a reduced interface would be great.