Google launched a new version of Gmail around the world, the email service used by more than 1.4 billion people, which includes a renewed security system, options for easy use and high priority notifications, among other features. The new design is available in both web and mobile formats.
To access this update you have to click on the web version in Settings (the gear wheel in the upper right corner of the inbox) and select “Try the new Gmail”. If you use this version and want to return to the previous version, you will have to follow the same path and select “Return to classic”.
One of the approaches of the new Gmail will be to help its users to classify all the emails they receive “with the aim of increasing security levels on their accounts”, Google said in a statement.
On this point, it indicated that people may start noticing new warnings (usually depicted as red signs in the sender’s box) that alert them when a potentially risky email appears.
Another feature will be a new confidential mode, which will allow users to control how their message is forwarded, copied, downloaded or printed. As explained by the Californian company, this feature will be useful when sending confidential information by email. Also, there will be the option to make a message expire after a set period of time to maintain control of the information.
On the approach linked to “intelligence”, Google included a function called “nudging”, with which it will be possible to follow up on all scheduled tasks and commitments.
Then, and only for the mobile version, there will be a notification function that will notify people about important messages, and that can be activated or deactivated at any time. “In addition, Gmail will begin to suggest when to cancel your subscription to newsletters or offers that no longer interest you”, Google added.
On the other hand, functionality that was already available in the mobile application: “Intelligent Answers” will arrive in the desktop version of Gmail. These are suggestions for answers (for example, “it seems perfect”, “ok”, “received, “thank you very much”) to the messages that people receive so they can respond faster.
As for the ease of use, Google indicated that users can now do more without leaving the inbox. In this sense, they will have the possibility to click on the attached files – like photos – without opening or scrolling through the large conversations.
They can also use “new Snooze button”, designed to postpone the mails until the person can pay attention. And another possibility is “easily access other applications” used frequently such as Google Calendar, Tasks (soon available on Android and iOS) and Keep.
“Undoubtedly all these functions, designed to strengthen security, encourage productivity and improve levels of efficiency, make Gmail the best choice for business, consumers and users”.
The Internet giant’s popular e-mail service was created on April 1, 2004 and today, according to figures from the company, amounts to more than 1,400 million active users. At first, it was only used internally in the technology firm for the administration of mails and then it was released publicly.