July 6, 2017
Service *Probably* Closing November 2017
Update July 2017: Although we earlier announced that the Gmail Note service will be closing this November, things might be changing. This is not an official announcement, but we have been working on a software rewrite that would let the service remain open after Firefox 57 is released in November. Since Mozilla started including a sidebar panel with Firefox 54 in June, our biggest objection to doing another rewrite has been removed (other than the work required).
So far, the rewrite has been going OK, and we’ll post an announcement if decide to release it to production. In the meantime, we've made it easier to access your current notes, by pointing a browser to this viewer page
Side Note: This will be the fourth time we’ve written the Firefox extension from scratch, going back to the original Greasemonkey script back in 2009. In each case, the rewrite has been mandated by breaking changes to Firefox. So let’s hope this is the last change for awhile.
January 14, 2017
Service Closing November 2017
We are sorry to report that Gmail Notes will stop working with Firefox Version 57, which is currently scheduled for release in November 2017. We don't want to close the service, but Firefox 57 will no longer run our extension. And currently there are no plans to write a new Gmail Notes extension that will be compatible with the Firefox changes (long story). So although we will miss Gmail Notes, we are proud that we have been able to provide the service since 2009.
Even though you won’t be able to use the Gmail Notes extension, you should be able to download and view a list your existing notes by pointing a Firefox browser, to http://gmailnotes.appspot.com/3/static/html/sidebar.html. (Firefox browser only)
June 26, 2016
New Firefox add-on, version 47.0
Mozilla has approved our updated extension, which will now works with Firefox 47. Sorry for the inconvenience, but we are hopeful this will keep Gmail Notes working at least through the end of 2016. Users should be advised that our extension still uses Firefox features that are deprecated and will be removed sometime next year. So it remains very likely that the Gmail Notes extension will stop working for good by the end of 2017.
June 25, 2016
Service is Down
We are sorry to report that Gmail Notes does not
work with the latest Firefox update, version 47. We have updated our extension to work with the changes in Firefox 47 and submitted it to Mozilla for review. We are hopeful they will approve the update soon, but Mozilla's timing is out of our control, of course.
To access your existing notes in the meantime, there are two workaround options:
Everyone should also be aware that Firefox will be dropping sidebar extensions altogether sometime in 2017. In terms of moving on, we know that some users have migrated to "Simple Gmail Notes", an extension for Google Chrome.
June 17, 2013
Extended Maintenance Completed
We have completed a major server upgrade this weekend, and the system is
now back up and running at full capacity.
If you experience any problems with Gmail Notes, please contact us here
This upgrade should make our app a bit more responsive to heavy load conditions, and also significantly
reduce the frequency of system maintenance periods in the future.
May 16, 2013
System maintenance Thursday, May 23, 5:00-7:00 PM US/Pacific
The Gmail Notes datastore will be placed in read-only mode for up to two hours on Thursday, May 23, 2013, starting at 5:00PM US/Pacific Time. During this time, you will still be able to view your notes in the sidebar, but you will not be able to create new notes or edit/save existing ones. (If you try, an error message will be returned from the server.)