Google Amps Up Personal Search to Combine Gmail, Calendar, Drive and More
Google is slowly but surely combining its various products so that users can find all their stuff in one place.
Starting today, Gmail users will be able to search across their mail, contacts, Google Drive documents and Google Calendar appointments, all from the search bar at the top of the Webmail application. But that’s only if they choose to opt into a “field trial” of the new product.
This builds on top of an existing field trial that combines Gmail and search on Google.com. That experiment launched in August and as of today also includes Google Drive documents, spreadsheets and files. Users who opted into the first field trial will have to opt in again.
All of these personal search experiments are available only in English and for personal Gmail accounts.
Unified personal search is something start-ups like CloudMagic are working on as well. But, as usual, Google combining various personal and public services will creep some people out. That’s why this is being implemented in such a tentative way.