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Gmail now streaming video attachments

Google has announced that Gmail now allows users to watch video attachments without having to download them locally.

To view a video attachment in Gmail, the service required users to download the file to their computer and open it with a media player.

"Starting today, when you open an email with video attachments, you'll see a video thumbnail and have the ability to play it directly from Gmail."

According to the company, the feature uses Google's same infrastructure for YouTube, Google Drive and other video streaming applications.

The news will be implemented gradually and may take up to 15 days to reach all Gmail users.