Gmail gets a makeover this time. Since its inception in 2004, this is perhaps the biggest design and feature change which is rolling out.
Further, this new Gmail looks refreshingly modern and comes with a host of enthralling new features like a snooze, confidential emails, smart replies and so on and so forth. The new design also comes along with a new Task app, as well as integrating with others apps like Calendar and Keep. Overall, it’s a big change in Gmail experience and users would definitely like it.
To know more, this is Google’s most extensive update to software in its G Suite workplace bundle since accelerating efforts to capture business from Microsoft Corp’s dominant Office workplace software suite. Previously, G Suite has also added instant-messaging and spreadsheet features.
Also, with this Gmail, Google regarded that it had restructured the email storage databases, unified three dueling systems for syncing messages across devices and upgraded computers underpinning the service. This shift to Google’s self-developed Tensor processing chips has enabled smart-assistant features such as “suggested replies” to messages and “nudges” to respond to forgotten emails.
To this, Jacob Bank, product manager lead for Gmail, added that “This is an entire rewrite of our flagship, most-used product,” regarding the usage of 1.4 billion people each month.
Unreliable offline access to email has long discouraged the yet to be customers, while recent high-profile corporate data breaches have increased their desire to lock down email. Analysts, in fact, estimate that G Suite has generated about $2 billion, i.e., roughly ₹13,300 crores in revenue last year, 10 times behind Office.
Google had declined to specify costs associated with the redesign, right now. But parent Alphabet reported on Monday that first-quarter capital expenditures have nearly tripled year-over-year to $7.3 billion, rounding off to ₹48,700 crores.
Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat has regarded the analysts that half of the spending resulted from hardware purchases to support expanding use of machine learning. This further describes that automated programs that can, identify spam and predict which emails users would find the most important.
Security and smarts:
Google’s Bank regarded that the overhaul was required primarily to provide offline access for up to 90 days of emails for users who turn on the feature.
These changes also fulfill another top demand of business executives message expiration.
Users who would enable a “confidential” option while sending emails can time-limit its access to recipients and also require to enter a one-time passcode sent to their phones to read it.
This new setting, however, does not override corporate email retention policies or present new obstacles to law enforcement.
“Nudges” and a higher bar for new-mail notifications round out are included in the Google’s revised sales pitch. The company estimated that nudges would lead to 8 percent of business users each week to remember to follow-up on something important.
Cosmetic changes bring Gmail’s website in line with Office by placing Google’s calendar, tasks, and note-taking services on the same page as emails. Bank even regarded that testers have advanced from “neutral to positive to very positive” on this new look.
Acquiring the New Gmail right now:
Users would be able to start using these new updates in Gmail on the Web today, with some features appearing within the coming weeks. All they need to do is Go to Settings (the cog wheel in the top right corner of the inbox) and select Try the new Gmail. In case, they want to switch back later down the road, they can visit the same place and select Go back to classic Gmail. If users don’t find the option under Settings, then the new Gmail has not been rolled out to yet and they would have to wait for Google.