Gmail's Refreshed Desktop Design Goes Live With Improved Security And New Features

Delia Walker
April 25, 2018

The company has finally introduced the new design which includes several new features that will also be made available to regular Gmail accounts. High Priority Notifications, as the name suggests, uses intelligence (with a little guidance from you) to ensure you only get bing-bonged when there's something important to see.

But let's start from the beginning. Previously you had to set up a separate Chrome web app in order to use Gmail while offline.

Tasks is easy to access from Gmail: you simply tap the icon on the right rail and it pops out on the right side of your inbox.

There are two new security features, one of which sees Gmail warning when you receive a potentially risky email.

"With respect to the upcoming Gmail announcement, there are no changes to Inbox by Gmail".

How do you get the G Suite updates?

The nudging feature is also a reminder mechanism, except it displays the reminder in text next to the email if you haven't responded to it in a few days.

High-priority notifications are coming to Gmail on mobile too, with Gmail's smart capabilities selecting messages it deems important and re-flagging them for users' attention. There's a new "confidential mode" that makes it possible to set an expiry date on emails. The idea here is simple: When you write an email, you can select for how long the recipient will be able to read the email. Once turned on for a specific message, the user won't be able to copy, download, forward, or even print it. "Confidential Mode" will, for starters, prevent recipients from sharing the email's content.

Confidential mode adds several new features to email that allow much more control over information after it leaves your inbox.

But wait, there's more (did I mention this is a major update?).

A host of buttons in the top-right corner also easily allows users to access Calendar and other useful apps.

Taking all this into consideration, we think many people will come to like new Gmail. When you send a message in confidential mode, Gmail essentially creates a link to the content, and delivers that to the recipient. It will be based on such factors as how many emails you get from a sender and how many of them you actually read. Meanwhile, tasks are connected to the original email for quick discovery.

When you have so many people using software, it can be hard to make everyone happy.

The web version of Gmail, even in its professional G Suite form, involves a lot of clicking into individual messages, which take your entire message window, then backing out to your inbox. You can still sort and filter emails into different folders/categories. Inbox by Gmail already has Smart Reply built in as well.

Google's new Gmail should be going live for all users in the next few hours. Having these on hand means you don't have to switch browser tabs so often.

Google is also making it easy for users to manage attactments. Google said that the new experience is available for businesses to start using today in the G Suite Early Adopter Programme, and can be turned on in the admin console.

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