Gmail add-ons could help make your inbox interesting again

There are plenty of services that add functionality to Gmail already, but they typically do that through a browser extension.

Gmail Add-ons will allow the third party developers to integrate their services directly. Now Gmail is announcing that the first set of add-ons are available.

"We believe email can do more, which is why we're launching Gmail Add-ons, a new way to work with your favourite business apps directly in Gmail". As for developers, these apps will run natively on both Gmail, and Android with one code base, with more information being outlined here.

"Click the settings wheel on the top right of your inbox and then Get add-ons to get started".

The blog post from Google also mentions an 11th Gmail Add-on for DocuSign, but they were unable to get things ready for launch. Among these are Asana, a team management application that allows you to track and assign tasks to messages sent between members, ProsperWorks, an add-on that gives you access to relevant customer data on the fly, andIntuit Quickbooks Invoicing, allowing you to easily issue an invoice right from your email application.

In my personal Gmail account I now have 10 different Gmail Add-ons to choose from including Hire, Dialpad, QuickBooks Invoicing, RingCentral for Gmail, ProsperWorks CRM, Trello, Smartsheet, Streak CRM, Asana, and lastly Wrike. With it, you'll be able to sign and execute contracts, agreements, and other documents without leaving Gmail.

Moreover, any developer can create Gmail add-ons for their services and they will be available from the G Suite Marketplace.

What are your views on this thoughtful initiative by Google?