Google has quietly added a new feature to Gmail: a plain-html interface. This new way of using Gmail has no items that expand out of nowhere, no collapsing conversation cards, and is a little slower, but Google says it runs in any browser. At the bottom of the page, you now get this:
Gmail view: standard | basic HTML Learn moreIt isn't a great interface, but now anyone who's had problems with Gmail in the past should have the ability to use Google growing email service.
Not just any old computer. Actually, yes, any old computer!The details of the HTML version:
Basic HTML view lets you access your Gmail messages from almost any computer running almost any web browser, even old ones (not just IE5.5+, Mozilla, and Safari). Especially great for traveling, since you never know what kind of browser that internet café in Siberia is going to have. Learn more
If you sign in to Gmail using a browser that isn't fully supported, you'll automatically be directed to a basic HTML view of our service. To make sure that you can always access your mail, we’ve developed this basic HTML view that is compatible with almost any browser.Also, on the New Features page, it lists integration with Picasa, which may or may not be a new feature.
Since your browser isn't fully supported, you might notice that some of your favorite features aren’t available in the current view, including the following:
Thanks a lot to reader Mark O. for being the first to spot this.