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Gmail add-ons put tools like Trello and QuickBooks in your inbox

At Google’s CloudNext conference last March, the company teased a new system for Gmail add-ons designed to let developers connect other apps to Gmail’s Android and browser-based version. Now Gmail is announcing that the first set of add-ons are available. They include support for 10 widely-used, businessy offerings: Asana, ProsperWorks, Trello, QuickBooks, RingCentral, Smartsheet, and more.

The Trello add-on, for instance, lets you turn an email into a card within Trello’s project-management app; the QuickBook one lets you send and track invoices inside Gmail. All these tools can be installed from Google’s G Suite Marketplace, with more to come (such as DocuSign). I’m sorry that they don’t work in iOS, where Apple’s rules stand in the way of extensible platforms of this sort.

HM