The redesign will focus mainly on Gmail for web to make it look cleaner and user-friendly like its mobile interface.
According to an email sent to G Suite administrators, Google has announced plans to reveal a newer look to Gmail for web as well as a slew of new features. With the next update, users will soon be greeted with Google Calendar directly on their Gmail web. Users will be able to choose from three different layouts in the future: Compact, Default and Comfortable. Also on the cards, is a new way of storing emails on your PC which means offline access to all your emails on the web without even using an external mail client on the desktop.
With the upcoming changes, users will also able to mute their emails for a specified amount of time, like snoozing notifications on a smartphone to clear up the screen. This will thus help sort out the emails that lay the utmost importance for a given point of time. Another feature to look forward to is smart replies which found its way to Google’s Inbox and Allow last summer. Smart replies suggested users with quick responses to messages so as to save time while you’re occupied with something else.
A Gmail update for the web has been long awaited since the web client hasn’t changed in many years, thus we can expect the web UI to look something like Google’s material design on smartphones. The Mountain View giant has also admitted that upcoming changes might affect several browser add-ons for Gmail. The new features will be made available to regular G Suite users as well its paid customers as part of an early adopter program in a few weeks time.
According to a screenshot shared by TechCrunch, Google said “In the coming weeks, we’ll be announcing an Early Adopter Program (EAP) for a new experience in Gmail. This EAP will introduce a new design for the Gmail web interface, as well as several new features. These changes will also be made available to users with personal Gmail accounts, so we want to make sure you’re adequately prepared for questions from your G Suite users in advance of the public announcement.”
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