New Gmail is here: 14 new features you should know

Saul Franklin
April 25, 2018

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

I moved to a G Suite Gmail account over a year ago, migrating years worth of emails from a conventional email server.

That means a shiny new look, sure, but also some useful-sounding new features.

Google's Gmail which is arguably one of the world's most popular email service is receiving a major overhaul today which not only includes a redesign but also a host of new features. The redesign will also see Gmail more integrated with other G Suite apps - like Calendar, Google Keep and later on, Docs and Sheets.

It will also now be possible send emails in "confidential mode", which means their contents can not be forwarded, copied, downloaded or printed. For Gmail, AI comes into the picture via a series of new features to help users sort through the mountains of messages and notifications they receive.

If you're a personal Gmail user, you can turn on the new version via the Settings in the top-right. You can also RSVP to calendar invitations and snooze messages without opening them. There is also an iOS app, but the App Store listing is not yet live as of publishing. High-priority notifications also curbs interruptions and makes recommendations on what to unsubscribe to. Ruth Porat, CFO of Gmail did offer some data about the expenditure by stating that most cash burns happened as a result of hardware purchases to support expanding the use of machine learning, which plays a main role in automated programs and features like the ones that can identify spam and sorting emails on basis of importance. Recipients are unable to forward, copy and paste, download or print content.

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For those times when you are busy and forgot to reply to something important, Gmail will now "nudge" you with reminders to follow-up and respond to messages that appear next to the emails in your inbox. These are usually short texts like "See you soon" or "Thanks for the reply". Alongside this new functionality, there has been a much-demanded feature of message expiration for carrying out confidential and sensitive communications. There's a new "confidential mode" that makes it possible to set an expiry date on emails.

Gmail is also getting anuidge option, where Google will bump messages it deems important to the top of your inbox.

With Smart Replies, Google includes three crude guesses at how you might want to answer someone's message. This will be yet another AI-based feature allowing Gmail to assign priority to important emails from work, family, and so on.

So that's the new features. While the first three were already a part of Gmail's functionality, Snooze is the latest addition and it allows you to put off emails that you can not get to at the moment.

But, numerous new Gmail features revolve around getting you the information you need without having to click through to an individual email and open it up.

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