Google Widens Gmail Search Field Trial, Includes Google Drive In Search Results

google-g-logoHere’s another small step in Google’s effort to centralize your Google search activity: The company is expanding a field trial to include Google Drive documents in search results.

At the same time, the existing trial that includes Gmail information in search results is being expanded to work not only from Google.com, but also within Gmail itself.

Users who opt-in to the trial will be shown a prompt from Gmail and/or Google Drive in the right column of Google’s search results, as shown in this Google screenshot:

gmail-drive-search-trail

For privacy reasons, the actual results don’t show by default; the user has to click to see them.

And in Gmail, the integrated search results now show up during a search, like this:

gmail-search

Google announced the original Gmail results trial in August and, at that point, it only showed information from Gmail emails in Google.com search results. See our article, Up Close: Gmail In Google Search Results Field Trial, for more about how that aspect works.

Interested Google users can join the field trial. It’s only for English-language Gmail users and is still not open to Google Apps customers.

Related Topics: Channel: Consumer | Google: Docs & Spreadsheets | Google: Gmail | Google: Gmail Search Field Trial | Google: Personalized Search | Google: Web Search | Top News

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  • http://www.seo-first-page.com/ SEO First

    Although i have applied for Gmail Search for one of my mail id, i haven’t seen it in my search :(

  • http://www.nathanielbailey.co.uk/ Nathaniel Bailey

    I only really use gmail on my own domains and our works domain so it would be nice for google to bring this trial to google apps users because surely they would have a much larger user base for testing if that was done?

    That’s me taking a guess at the majority of people that might be interested in testing this would be google apps users on their own domains rather then user@gmail.com etc?!

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