Improved GMail and Google Tasks widgets

Improved GMail and Google Tasks widgets

Our widgets for GMail and Google Tasks are quite popular. Today we released updates to both widgets, making them a lot faster and more functional. As a result you will have to reselect your Google account. We are sorry for this inconvenience, but there was no other way.

GMail widget improvements

The widget thas has most noticably changed is our GMail widget. We improved the layout and filtering options of the widget. As a result you can now choose to see a list of unread mail, but starred and so called ‘primary’ mail as well. The latter is particularly useful to quickly filter all kinds of notification mails away and only see the most relevant mails.

To give you more control over the information shown per message, we now offer three different display modes:

  • Subject only
  • The subject line and below the author of the email
  • A complete display of subject, author and a snippet of the email body

We made the GMail widget a lot faster, especially when browsing through the pages of emails. To do this, we had to reset all accounts. We are very sorry for the inconvience, but we promise that we won’t have to do this again anytime soon (unless Google changes his minds).

Google Tasks widget

The most important change you will notice in the Google Tasks widget is that it is no longer read-only! You can now actively add, update, check-off and delete items. These features have been on our list for a long time and we are very happy we can now offer them to you!

Some nice new features, if we may say so. As always, your feedback is more then welcome. So if you have any questions or suggestions regarding the GMail and Google Tasks widgets: let us know!

Michiel de Wit

Michiel de Wit

Michiel is CGO and co-founder of start.me. He is a software professional with a lot of experience in developing enterprise grade web applications. He is a certified Scrum Master and a great proponent of modern software development practices.


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19 Replies to “Improved GMail and Google Tasks widgets”

  1. How can I get rid of the message about Google widgets? It’s annoying to have it show up even after I’ve read the “Read More” page.

        1. That sounds like a very annoying bug. Have you tried removing your cookies? That should help. If it doesn’t, please send me some more information about your browser to support@start.me.

  2. Because of your updates, I now have to log into startme and my google account EVERYTIME I open my firefox browser. It is no longer a functional start page. I have checked the “remember me” box.

    Please tell me if there is a setting that will allow me to have the startme page open without having to log in every time.

    1. That sounds like a bug. You should not have to log in time and time again. Can you please send us some more details (on support@start.me), including the version of your Firefox browser and your operating system (e.g. Windows)

  3. Since you updated the widget, mine no longer works. Or at least stops working! If I reload the page, I can see my gMail/inbox right away. If I leave the page open (as I normally do to check for any incoming mail), the widget box stays, but it goes to empty. Refreshing it from the settings does nothing. I have to F5 it to get any info again. And then that only stays for a few minutes before gong blank again. I’m using the latest version of Chrome. No clue what to do about this.

    1. Thank you for reporting this problem. We have had similar reports from others and are currently investigating.

  4. I get an error message..This content cannot be displayed in a frame.
    I click on..Open this content in a new window
    That works but it is a generic calendar, not my personal.

    Is the issue because my calendar is a secure website???
    Any way I can get this to work?
    Thank you.

  5. Google Tasks – love this widget but looks like Google returns a token that expires after a period of time (few hours). Have to reauthorize the account for offline access to see (or make) any updates. Does this make sense? Is there a way to re-obtain the token? The Gmail widget seems to retain the access token.

    Thanks,
    Joel

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