Gmail is about to get a redesign and major update

Mindy Sparks
April 16, 2018

I/O brings together developers from around the globe for talks, hands-on learning with Google experts, and a first look at Google's latest developer products. Right now, Gmail is available in over 70 languages and has more than 1 billion users (there is no official information from Google about this, and some sources claim that about 1.2 billion people use Gmail nowadays).

Now Google is reportedly planning to offer a similar ability to users of Gmail.

The improved design, which will be the biggest redesign of Gmail in nearly a decade, will feature a handy snooze feature, that allows you to put off dealing with annoying emails, an offline mode and Google's brilliant Smart Reply feature. There will also be a snooze feature which lets you snooze conversations and allows you to temporarily delete the emails from your inbox for a selected time limit. Shortly after the screenshots surfaced online, Google also confirmed that this redesign is in the works.

In a statement to The Verge, Google said: "We're working on some major updates to Gmail (they're still in draft phase)".

The feature also includes a confidential mode which will prevent the recipient of the email from forwarding, downloading, printing or copying and pasting text from the email. When you click on the icon, a message appears, saying "Options to forward, download or copy this email's contents and attachments will be disabled". In addition, you'll be able to set an expiration date for the message so it becomes unreadable after a time period the sender can set.

Following the blockbuster update, Gmail users will also be able to require recipients enter a passcode (generated via SMS) to open their emails.

Of course, compatibility may be an issue here - particularly as receivers are asked to confirm their Google accounts in order to open confidential mode emails.

The new Gmail is set to release in a few weeks, but there has been no exact word on when confidential mode will roll out. "You can open it by clicking this link".

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