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Gmail Now Lets You Preview Video Attachments

Until now, the only way to view a video attachment in Gmail was to download it to your computer’s hard drive and open it in a media player. That’s not exactly frictionless or user friendly.

But there’s now a much smoother and quicker way to watch thanks to Google. The Web giant on Thursday announced that video attachements can be previewed in Gmail — no downloading necessary. Emails with a video attached will show a thumbnail of the video and you’ll be able to stream it right from inside Gmail.

Google said this feature relies on the same infrastructure that powers YouTube, Google Drive, and other video streaming apps, so “video is delivered at optimum quality.” It started rolling out to G Suite users on Thursday and everybody should have it available within the next two weeks.

Earlier this month Google increased the file size limit for Gmail. Users can now receive files of up to 50MB in size. However, you can only send up to 25MB in attachments. If your file is greater than 25MB, Gmail adds a Google Drive link in the email instead of including it as an attachment.

Read more at sea.pcmag.com

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