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Google debuts improved Arabic Gmail

Gmail Chat is now available in Arabic along with other new webmail features

Google has revamped the Arabic version of its webmail service - Gmail - giving users a lot more flexibility in the way they communicate.

In a move that directly addresses the Middle East market, the in-built application Gmail Chat now supports instant messages in Arabic.

As Gmail now comes with full-support for right-to-left languages, Arabic language speakers can also use the webmail service in other language settings such as English or French. Emails can be sent or replied to in the language of their choice, with the option to switch between languages at any time.

'We've been working hard to increase the functionality of the Arabic version of Gmail so that people can get more out of their email,' said Yasmina Brihi, marketing manager at Google EMEA.

'We think chat is a feature people will really like as it provides another, more rapid, option for communication with others. On top of this, we've made some other changes to Gmail that means it will be quicker to open, read, label and archive messages,” Brihi added.

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