Gmail Priority Inbox Tackles E-Mail Overload

Last Updated Aug 31, 2010 10:16 AM EDT

E-mail can be a blessing and a curse. It's one of the best forms of communication ever invented, but too much of it can overwhelm your workday. Okay, that's understating the issue -- too much of it can drive you insane.

Google's answer to e-mail overload? Gmail Priority Inbox, an experimental new feature that's rolling out this week. This video explains it all:


Gmail Priority Inbox hasn't landed in my account yet, so I can't say whether it works as advertised. On the surface, it looks like a crackerjack way to separate the e-mail wheat from the e-mail chaff.

On the other hand, I mostly use Outlook for e-mail (including my Gmail accounts), so this doesn't do me a ton of good. If you're in the same boat, check out some of our previous posts on managing e-mail overload:

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