Now, let’s get to what really matters: what does this change for you, the service user? The answer is: a lot!
There is a lot of talk about personal information theft and cyber scams. Knowing that e-mail is still the most used gateway for attacks and virtual scams, Google has given, in the new interface, more prominence to the warnings of possible threats that reach your inbox.
In terms of privacy, it is now possible to set a time limit for an email to be destroyed: you choose how long the email will be available to the recipient and, after that period, the email disappears and the person who received it can no longer access it. Furthermore, it is possible to activate a double verification system: when activated, this mode will send you a notification when the recipient wants to open the email you sent. If you do not authorize, the email cannot be opened.
Google has also included a function called “confidential mode”, which allows you to block access to attachments, hide the forward button, and even block screenshots of your messages – after all, it would do no good for the email to disappear after a period of time if the recipient can screen the message and have it forever. This functionality is also extended to the web version of Gmail, but exactly how it will work is not yet known.
The new Gmail also comes with a feature that already existed in its mobile version: quick responses. These are short messages that the platform itself assembles based on the content of the email you are reading, like “Ok, thanks.” or “I will do it”. This function comes to the new Gmail web with improvements in terms of how it works on mobile: the phrases are more specific regarding the content of the email, that is, Gmail better analyzes the body of the email to be replied to before suggesting those quick answers.
Still talking about functionality and practicality, the new interface has a “snooze” function: if an email arrives in your inbox that you don’t want or can’t answer at that moment, you can hide this email from your inbox. entry for a defined period. At the end of this period, the email will appear as if you have just received it. If using the snooze feature isn’t in your best interest, don’t worry: Gmail will now send you a reminder if a message has been opened but not replied to for some time.
Now, the new Gmail becomes much more than a simple e-mail platform : it is now possible to install all types of add-ons on the system itself, in order to increase user productivity.
Automatically, the new Gmail already comes with add-ons for Calendar, Notes and Tasks; but it’s possible to download a multitude of other add-ons that might be useful to you – and more: all these add-ons are downloaded directly from the Gmail page, which also already shows a list of compatible Gmail add-ons that might be useful for you, based in other extensions of your Chrome or in sites you visit most. The icons for these add-ons are located in a sidebar and are expandable, which saves space and makes the interface more pleasing to the user.
Ease of access
Last but not least, the new interface comes with great ease in incoming emails: to mark an email as read, archive it, snooze or delete it, it is not necessary to open it. the email: just hover your mouse cursor over the email in your inbox and the icons for such actions will appear, in a very dynamic and modern way.
In addition, to download attachments it is also no longer necessary to access the e-mail: messages that have attachments will have them displayed below the subject of the e-mail, in the inbox itself, where it will be possible to download and view them ( if they are documents that can be opened on the platform itself, such as PDFs).
For those who liked the news, here’s one more: Google has already announced that Chrome will not be left behind and will receive changes in its interface and its operation!