According to TechCrunch, Google is today releasing another update to Gmail. Google users will now be able to skip the downloading process with email messages with just a click. You can view and save your files directly to Google Drive without leaving your inbox.
This change is being made a day after the rollout of the new “Quick Actions” buttons, which gives you easier interactions with email messages, with just a click. The Google Drive integrations are also designed to speed up users’ interactions with attached files.
Gmail users will begin to see new thumbnail previews for files at the bottom of their email messages. This includes photos and videos, as well as office documents, PDFs, and spreadsheets.
When you click on one of the files previews will then display the item in a full-screen image format. From here, you can basically interact with the file itself right from your Gmail inbox, with no need to first download then launch the file using desktop software.
If you do need to save the item for later viewing, just click on the Google Drive button that appears when you hover over the preview. From the window that appears, you can click to save the file to your Drive, even choosing the folder where the item should be stored.
If you still feel more comfortable with the old-school “download” route, don’t worry, an arrow button will allow you to continue to do things in the traditional way.