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Gmail on desktop can now support streaming videos inside emails

Google is rolling out an update to Gmail users on the desktop that will allow users to stream video attachments from inside any emails.

Published onMarch 16, 2017

Today, Google announced a small, but still very useful, feature for Gmail’s many desktop users that should make viewing any videos sent in email attachments much easier.

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Previous to today’s update, if you got an video attachment in an email sent to your Gmail account and wanted to watch it, you had to click on the video and have it download to your PC’s hard drive and view it with a third-party media player. Now, today’s update eliminates that middle man. When you see a video attachment in an email, you will now see a thumbnail that, when you click it, automatically streams that video to you, without the need to download it or use a separate player.

Google says that this Gmail desktop update for video uses the same infrastructure that it made for streaming  YouTube videos, along with any video clips stored on Google Drive. While the update is rolling out today, it could take up to 15 days for the new video streaming feature to go live to all Gmail desktop users.

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