30 July 2018
Google has officially confirmed the rollout of the new Gmail redesign which we reported about a couple of weeks ago. This is the first redesign of Google's email service since 2013 and as you would expect, it is a huge one. The best part is that Google has not only give a visual uplift to Gmail but has also loaded it with a lot of productivity and privacy features to help users accomplish their tasks more efficiently.
Starting with productivity features, Gmail now makes it easier for users to access attachments and check out what's next on their calendar or to-do list without having to leave the Gmail itself. Users can click on the attachments directly from the inbox view and click on Google Calendar, Task, and Keep shortcuts. There is also an option to snooze an email if you wish to reply to it sometime later.
Next up, Google has added Smart Reply feature to Gmail which is inspired by Inbox. This will basically offer you smart reply suggestions on the basis of the context of conversation going on in an email. It can be helpful when you want to send a quick reply to a question someone asked.
Google is further focusing on making sure that Gmail users can focus only on important emails instead of checking out each and every email. This is a feature which will need to be enabled by default and once that is done, users will receive new email notification only for those emails which need urgent attention. Additionally, Gmail will send special notifications to remind users about unsubscribing from newsletters/offers when they have passed their expiry dates.
Now moving to privacy-related features, Gmail is receiving a new confidential mode which will help in making sure that their confidential information stays safe. Using this feature, users can send any sensitive data and the recipient will receive it without any options to forward, copy, download or print. To add an extra layer of security, users can also set a deadline after which the message will be destroyed automatically.
Google said that Gmail's new design and features have started to roll out but not all users will receive it at the same time and at the moment. It makes sense considering that Gmail has over 1 billion users from around the world. It will be making it available for everyone gradually but in the meantime, users can check if they have received by clicking the Settings gear icon in Gmail and selecting "Try the new Gmail" option. If they don't see this option, they will need to wait until becomes available.