Google this morning launched a preview of Google Voice, an application that helps users manage their voice communications.
"It is like Gmail for voicemail," said one commentator.
Google Voice will be available initially to existing users of GrandCentral, a service it acquired in July 2007.
GrandCentral offers users a single number to ring home, work, and mobile phones, a central voicemail inbox that users can access on the web, and the ability to screen calls by listening in live as callers leave a voicemail.
Google said it would start rolling out the service to others soon.