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Old 07-29-2011, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I just discovered that it is possible to retract an Email that has been sent via Gmail. Anybody know if this is possible under any other mail servers?

It's a new experimental feature at Gmail. Click the Gear icon, up-right. Go to email setting, choose Labs, then activate "Undo".

Next time you send an Email, you will get the banner that tells you it has been sent, and you have a brief interval in which you can click "Undo" and retract it.
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Old 07-29-2011, 02:28 PM
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Location: Ohio
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That feature is just a built-in delay that Gmail adds between the time you click "Send" and the time that the message leaves their outbound server. I've had it enabled on my account for about a year and have yet to use it.
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Old 07-29-2011, 08:12 PM
 
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You can do it through outlook via exchange but you don't actually recall the message, the recipients just get a notification saying that the email has been recalled, but they still have the original message in their inbox....so it's basically useless.


By the way, unfortunately they're removing Google Labs, so these features will probably disappear
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Old 07-30-2011, 06:41 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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You can do it through outlook via exchange but you don't actually recall the message, the recipients just get a notification saying that the email has been recalled, but they still have the original message in their inbox....so it's basically useless.


By the way, unfortunately they're removing Google Labs, so these features will probably disappear
I believe Exchange actually does remove the message...if it hasn't been read/viewed. The problem is that with the preview pane open in Outlook, as soon as the message arrives its considered "viewed". This basically renders that function useless still.....
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Old 07-30-2011, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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What tipped me off, was that my bank miscopied my email address, and when I phoned back to inquire, she said "I'll just retract the one to the wrong address" Her email; goes out through the bank's e-mail server, whoever that is, and she said it could be recalled as long as it had not yet been opened by a recipient. I imagine banks can do a lot of things that bottom-feeders can't do.
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Old 07-30-2011, 09:29 AM
 
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Unless done immediately in most mail systems, it becomes the bell that cannot be 'un'rung, or the vision that cannot be 'un'seen, especially for free mail providers, and that use their ISP's email.
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Old 07-30-2011, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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I imagine banks can do a lot of things that bottom-feeders can't do.
No, they can't.

It's dry reading, but if you really want to know why...

http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc5321.txt
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Old 07-30-2011, 01:23 PM
 
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I believe Exchange actually does remove the message...if it hasn't been read/viewed. The problem is that with the preview pane open in Outlook, as soon as the message arrives its considered "viewed". This basically renders that function useless still.....
Kind of. It will fully retract it IF they haven't read the original and they open the retraction message. If they open the original message before opening the retraction message, they'll still be able to read it


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No, they can't.
correcto
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Old 07-30-2011, 02:13 PM
 
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Kind of. It will fully retract it IF they haven't read the original and they open the retraction message. If they open the original message before opening the retraction message, they'll still be able to read it
Yea, it's annoying the way it works. I'd rather they just made it work in a useful way or just got rid of it.
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Old 07-30-2011, 10:24 PM
 
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Like seeing your grandmother naked, something that cannot be un-seen
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