Mountain View, Calif. – Google (NASD: GOOG) has introduced a new feature
for its Gmail service that sorts incoming email into three sections, based on
their perceived importance. The Priority Inbox feature for Gmail divides
incoming messages into "Important and Unread;" "Starred;"
and "Everything Else" sections, using the same technology that powers
the spam blocking functionality of Gmail.
The service works by prioritizing
emails from contacts a user corresponds with most frequently.
"As you use
Gmail, it will get better at categorizing messages for you," Google
software engineer Doug Aberdeen writes on the company’s blog. "You can
help it get better by clicking the [plus or minus] buttons at the top of the
in-box to correctly mark a conversation as important or not important."
The feature will roll out to all Gmail users in coming weeks.