Published: Thu, April 26, 2018
Science | By Celia Watts

Stay composed: here's a quick rundown of the new Gmail

Stay composed: here's a quick rundown of the new Gmail

The search bar is huge, just like the one present in "Inbox", another Gmail client-app by Google which never took off. The other half switched over to Inbox by Gmail, a separate email service that has a more to-do list-style to it, plus more unique features and integrations with other Google Services. Users will also get to add details and subtasks, while also view tasks created from emails, plus also set due dates and notifications as well. You can also hover over messages - so you don't have to click into them - to do things like RSVP to a meeting, archive an email thread or snooze an email.

These changes, along with built-in Information Rights Management (IRM) controls that let you decide what someone can or can't do with your email, should help Gmail become a little more private. When these features might roll out to regular Gmail users has yet to be revealed, but here's hoping that we'll have at least some of these features before summer is over.

High-priority notification is a feature for Gmail on mobile that only notifies users of important messages so interruptions are kept to a minimum. The Gmail app on Android will get snooze functionality as part of this revamp, and it appears the feature is rolling out to phones.

The new design highlights white a lot. The most notable being that desktop users can drag an email directly from Gmail and place it in the new Tasks sidebar (mentioned above).

Google Tasks, previously available as a pop-up in Gmail, now has a dedicated mobile app. This is about the biggest change ever made to the Gmail service since it hit the limelight some years ago. Confidential mode gives you the power to remove forwarding, copying, downloading or printing rights and set a time limit in which the message will expire, or self-destruct. You'll see icons below each message, for example, denoting each email's attachments, including names and file formats.

Even though Microsoft offers these features with Office 365, the key here is that Google shows no signs of slowing down in entering the productivity space to take on Microsoft.

High-priority notifications [Gmail app]: The Gmail app was not left out as Google today unveiled high-priority notifications. "Try the new Gmail" will be the first option. If you're not a fan, you can always revert back to the old interface. Unlike many online publications, we don't have a paywall or run banner advertising, because we want to keep our journalism open, without influence or the need to chase traffic.

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