Gmail for Web will be getting a major update in the upcoming weeks with a new material design which will also introduce a new feature called ‘confidential mode’. Other features such as Quick Reply to emails and the ability to snooze email will be added. A new sidebar has been introduced that will place calendar appointments with messages in the GUI. The new confidential mode will stop the users from forwarding emails and also prevents the users from printing, downloading and copying the content from the email.
There will also be a feature that will prompt the user for a password before opening the email through two factor authentication. A user can also set an expiration date for sent emails, some of these features may seem similar to Microsoft Outlook suite. These features will help the businesses that want more control over how emails are used by the recipients.
Google will confirm the update in the Google I/O developer conference that starts in May this year. Google is also trying to store emails from your inbox for offline access as the company is planning on moving away from Chrome apps to standard web technologies to store the Standard Browser Data.
Google is also saying that this new update will break some of the popular browser add-ons for Gmail such as Clearbit and Streak etc.
A Google spokesperson has provided the following statement (emphasis included): “We’re working on some major updates to Gmail (they’re still in draft phase). We need a bit more time to compose ourselves, so can’t share anything yet—archive this for now, and we’ll let you know when it’s time to hit send.”
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,” the email from Google reads. “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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