updated 06:51 pm EDT, Mon October 15, 2012
New search feature in beta, shows other Google products
Google announced today an expansion of the search capabilities built into Gmail and its standard search, giving users more access to other Google products. The feature is now in field trial mode, but Gmail and Google users will soon be able to view relevant files from Google Drive and Google Calendar entries alongside Gmail items when they search from within the email application. The field trial is currently only available for @gmail.com addresses, and only accessible in English.
Google announced the new feature today in a post on the Official Gmail Blog. The company has been testing the expanded search capability feature among select users for months now, and it has reportedly received very strongly positive feedback on the feature.
In Gmail, the search box will display relevant results from Gmail as well as from Google Drive and Google Calendar. On Google.com, users will see their search results accompanied by relevant information and messages from Gmail and other Google products.
Users interested in the feature can go to Google's field trial page to sign up. Google will then send an email notifying them when their accounts have been prepared for the new feature.