Gmail has rolled out its biggest design ever that brings a large set of changes, both visual and operational, to the popular e-mail service that contains a user base of 1.4 billion individuals.

According to Jacob Bank, lead product manager for Gmail, many changes are aimed toward “making individuals safer and more productive.”

The global update won’t only be phased but also opt-in.

Confidential Mode

Set end dates on e-mails, prevent them from getting forwarded

The biggest change in Gmail is that the introduction of a confidential mode.

It permits senders to set an expiration date on sensitive e-mails and make them automatically disappear after a set period of time. they will also revoke the e-mail entirely.

The mode allows you to block the forwarding, copying, downloading, or printing of sent e-mails also.

Set two-factor authentication on e-mails
under the confidential mode, you’ll be able to also set two-factor authentication (2FA) on e-mails. Recipients will have to authenticate an e-mail with a pass code, to be received via text message, so as to open it.

Phishing warnings have grownup in size and prominence

Safety and Security

Phishing warnings have grown in size and prominence

Google claims that it’s currently using machine learning (ML) to run safety checks on each received e-mail on Gmail.

Gmail can currently also show phishing warnings within the form of vast color-coded alerts rather than the basic banners that were being displayed so far.

This aims at providing a transparent call-to-action for doubtless malicious messages.


Mobile app-like features: e-mail snoozing, e-mail nudging, hover bar

Other features include e-mail snoozing so they disappear for the time being and reappear after specific hours/days, the ability to open attachments without having to open e-mails, e-mail nudging to cue users to reply to time-sensitive messages, and sensible replies wherever arithmetically generated replies crop up as suggestions.

Further, hovering on e-mails will now reveal shortcuts for common actions like archive, delete, and snooze.

UI Updates

A new Google Tasks sidebar

In terms of visual updates, the most important modification could be a new collapsible right-hand side panel.

It will house all G-Suite apps like Calendar and Keep, and allow you to quickly organize conferences or take notes within the same interface without having to go to another tab.

Further, Gmail‘s long-standing left-hand panel will now be collapsed for more e-mail space.

Offline mode
Google has also designed a robust offline mode under which users are able to search, write, respond, delete, and archive up to 90-day old e-mails without interruption when not on the internet.

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