Finally: E-mail scheduling coming to Gmail
No, not from Google, but from a browser plug-in called Boomerang for Gmail.

A company called Baydin sells a $14.95 product for Outlook called Boomerang for Outlook, which enables you to reschedule the delivery of e-mails you’ve received and also to schedule the sending of e-mails for some specific time in the future.

I’m sure Boomerang for Outlook, which I have not tried, adds convenience. But Outlook doesn’t need e-mail scheduling, because that functionality is already built-in.

Gmail, on the other hand, desperately needs it. Which is why Baydin’s Boomerang for Gmail will probably be very welcome. The product is a browser plug-in for both Firefox and Chrome currently in beta mode. If you sign up at the Baydin site, they’ll send you an invitation code. Or so they say. I’m still waiting for mine.

To use Boomerang, just click on a “Receive Later” button that the plug in adds. Then you select a date and time. Boomerang moves your message into Archives until the specified time, at which point it moves it back into your inbox, marks it “unread” and puts a star on it.

When in Gmail’s Compose mode, Boomerang offers a “Send Later” button. Clicking it lets you choose exactly when.

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