Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

Meet the new Gmail: Self-destructing messages, Snooze button, response reminders and more

Meet the new Gmail: Self-destructing messages, Snooze button, response reminders and more

In addition to a leak late last month, the Gmail on the web revamp confirmed the existence of Google Tasks. The feature helps you to send an email out of your inbox.

Google is now also using these same AI smarts to bring to the web its smart replies feature, which you are probably familiar with from the Gmail mobile apps.

There's also a new mode called "high-priority notifications" which will only alert for the emails Gmail thinks matter the most. We're also introducing a new way to manage work on the go with Tasks. Initially, users will be able to switch back and forth between the different versions, but at some point, Google will switch all of its users to the new design. Notwithstanding, the choice wasn't accessible for us right now, so the take-off is by all accounts slower than anticipated.

It also lets users set expiration dates for messages so that data is automatically deleted. If you're already using the Gmail app, you know what these look like. People who use "confidential" option when sending an email can time-constrain its entrance to beneficiaries and furthermore require they enter a one-time password sent to their telephones to peruse it. "Gmail can also recommend when to unsubscribe from mailing lists".

Integrated rights management takes this control of messages a step further by preventing a recipient from being able to block the forwarding, copying, downloading or printing of certain messages. Here, Google uses its AI smarts to figure out that a message is probably important to you and resurfaces it to remind you to follow up or reply. The changes include snoozing, hover actions and a brand new sidebar.

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Unreliable offline access to email has long discouraged would-be customers.

Google is hoping that the new additions like confidential mode and 2FA on a per-message basis will cut down a hacker's ability to access sensitive information, particularly at large organizations.

Another change on the UI front has to do with attachments - you'll see thumbnails for the attachments under the mail, allowing you to open an attachment without having to load the message itself. A limited number of users will get Confidential Mode to begin with including users of the consumer Gmail and G suite users in the coming weeks (a broader rollout will come later). Gmail will now show attachments directly so you don't need to keep on digging through emails to find a particular file.

The new Gmail is available today for all personal Gmail users and G Suite early adopter program (EAP) customers, but all are meant to boost team productivity, according to David Thacker, VP Product Management for G Suite. Google has also incorporated AI chops to scan your emails to detect which are to be tended to on priority. This essentially helps reduce the risk of confidential information being accidentally shared with the wrong people. You can even search through up to 90 days of messages, thanks to local caching.

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