The Cloud Command Center Redux

Update: Looks like everyone jumped the gun 🙁 . According to the official Gmail blog, this feature has been pulled due to bugs…should be back in “2 weeks” or so…

Only a few days since adding direct access to calendars and documents, Gmail Labs is rolling out yet another ‘experimental’ add-on – the ability to send text messages from gChat.

This opt-in feature must be enabled through your Labs’ settings.  Once activated, you will be able to TXT your contacts whether they are signed in to gChat or offline (see below).

The addition of SMS solidifies Gmail as a legitimate Cloud Command Center, centralizing the majority of digital communication standards into one convenient web destination.  Drop in some VoIP functionality and things will really start to get interesting!

The Gmail help page explains:

  1. Enter your contact’s name in the ‘Search or invite friends’ box in Chat, and select Send SMS from the box of options that appears to the right of your contact’s name. Or, if you already have a Chat window open for this contact, just click Options, and select Send SMS.
  2. In the dialog box, enter a phone number in the ‘Send SMS messages to this number’ field. For now, this feature works only on United States phone numbers. If you’re outside the US, you can still use it, but you won’t see the SMS option in Chat until you enable it manually in the Chat settings page.
  3. Click Save.
  4. A Chat window appears. Just type your message as you would normally. When you hit Enter, the message will be sent to the phone number you entered.