Gmail’s new look for its desktop site is finally here to add a fresh lease of life to the email client, although most of the features had gotten leaked last week. There’s a brand new self-destructing email mode, as well as high-priority notifications.
All this and more can be checked out by simply signing into Gmail, tapping on Settings AKA the cog wheel in the top right corner, and choosing “Try the new Gmail.” If you don’t like the way things look, you just have to go back to Settings and select “Go back to classic Gmail.”
Gmail’s revamped Inbox view allows attachments to be viewed straight from the subject line, so you won’t have to open the mail to see its contents. There’s also a new snooze button present to delay emails until later. Other Google apps like Google Calendar, Tasks, and Keep are also easily accessible along the new collapsible side panel on the right.
Google has also infused some smarts into Gmail, bringing its Smart Reply feature to the service so you can just tap on an automated response instead of having to type it yourself. The company also plans to nudge you to get back to emails with the help of quick reminders which show up next to the missive.
There’s a new warning system too, as well as an option to unsubscribe from newsletters you haven’t opened in the past month. Plus, there’s the aforementioned confidential mode. Sending an email in this setting prevents the recipient from forwarding, copying, downloading, or printing emails.
You can even choose to expire the missive after a set period of time. However, there’s nothing to stop the recipient from taking a screenshot of the mail, which seems like a big flaw with the mode. In any case, it seems like it’ll be useful when trying to send sensitive information like passwords or tax returns.
Gmail says its new design will roll out to everyone in a phased manner today, but some tools will show up only in the coming weeks.