Gmail revamp brings confidential mode, email snoozing and nudges

While these are just some of the major additions in terms of features, Google has added a ton of new additions to make Gmail a breeze to use on the web version. The "regular" Gmail users can try the new features under the Settings menu where an option of "Try new Gmail" will be available. Google is also releasing new Tasks mobile apps for Android and iOS for adding and editing tasks from your smartphone to manage in Calendar and Gmail. With the standalone Google Tasks app, the search giant aims to solve this problem by further allowing users to create sub-tasks and even associate them with certain emails (depending on the number of emails signed into via the Gmail app) as well as assign due dates for each task for easy tracking.

Personal Gmail users can opt in by going to settings and selecting "try the new Gmail".

Businesses in the G Suite Early Adopter Program can start trying out the new features on Wednesday, by turning them on in the admin console.

There will also be a new native offline mode - no Chrome plugins required. And if you get a message that's supposedly from one of your contacts, but which originates from an unfamiliar email address-possibly because it's really from a phisher-Gmail will tell you that something may be amiss.

Google has baked artificial intelligence into the new Gmail that will "intelligently (and subtly) nudge you" when it's time to respond to a message or prioritize something. The redesigned Gmail for web introduces a confidential mode as well as a new snooze button, nudging and smart replies feature alongside a general visual redesign.

In the inbox pane, you have the availability to interact with the messages without even opening them. Through integrated rights management (IRM) Gmail also allows you to block the forwarding, copying or printing of particular messages.

There's also a new mode called "high-priority notifications" which will only alert for the emails Gmail thinks matter the most.

Gmail is now getting a right-hand side panel that integrates Google Calendar, Tasks, and Keep seamlessly into the email client. You can open it directly from the inbox.

And Smart Reply - quick, potted, AI-powered replies - have been added to the web, as they were to Android past year.

Business users will spend about 60,000 hours less in email each day do to hover actions. This essentially helps reduce the risk of confidential information being accidentally shared with the wrong people.

In addition to a leak late last month, the Gmail on the web revamp confirmed the existence of Google Tasks.

Today, however, Google announced a bevy of updates including the first major redesign of Gmail's web interface in years. There's an option to revoke an email at any time. Plus, Gmail will start suggesting when to unsubscribe from newsletters or offers you no longer care about. The mobile app has also received updates. You can also set messages to expire after a while, which could prove useful on numerous occasions.

  • Carolyn Briggs