Google to launch new Gmail design in the coming weeks

Gmail accounts to get new Confidential Mode, and it could change how you use email

Gmail accounts to get new Confidential Mode, and it could change how you use email

Here are six changes that you will see when Google launches its new look in May. The Google's crown service is set to get a major upgrade with new features with a completely new design.

The improved design, which will be the biggest redesign of Gmail in nearly a decade, will feature a handy snooze feature, that allows you to put off dealing with annoying emails, an offline mode and Google's brilliant Smart Reply feature.

"The features are very similar to some found in Microsoft's full Outlook application and Microsoft is also adding the ability to restrict emails on its Outlook.com service", the report added. There will also be a snooze feature which lets you snooze conversations and allows you to temporarily delete the emails from your inbox for a selected time limit. That doesn't seem to stop Google, as the company is now going beyond the POP3/IMAP/SMTP protocols.

"We need a bit more time to compose ourselves, so can't share anything yet-archive this for now, and we'll let you know when it's time to hit send". In an email to G Suite administrators, obtained by The Verge, the company says the new design will include "several new features" that will also be made available to regular Gmail accounts. Users will be able to choose from one week, one month or a couple of years for when they want the email to disappear. By the time this feature is rolled out to all users, the exact mechanics of the feature may work differently than described-the utility of an un-downloadable attachment, as the above text implies, is somewhat limited. You also won't be able to forward the email content or download and print the email itself.

There's now no word on a final release date for the new Gmail, however, a message to early access testers hints at a launch date in the coming weeks.

And if you want to take privacy to the next level, there's an option to include an obligatory SMS passcode in order to open the email.

Gmail is testing a new "confidential mode" that allows users to set an expiration date for their correspondence, and attempts to prohibit users from forwarding, downloading, or copying an email.

When sending a message, you'll see a tiny lock icon called the "confidential mode".

The more you use Smart Reply the smarter it gets, learning how you are likely to reply to an email, enabling you to replay with just a single click.

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