Gmail on the web is getting a redesign, and while the changes don't sound too radical, you may want to brace yourself.
According to The Verge, which obtained a G Suite administrators email announcing the pending redesign as well as confirmation from Google, a new "fresh, clean look" for Gmail's web interface will roll out in the coming weeks as part of an Early Adopter Program. The changes will also make it to personal Gmail accounts as well.
In addition to a new look, Gmail on the web is set to get some new features. Most notably Smart Reply, snoozing and offline support are all on the way.
Smart Reply is a feature currently available in the Gmail mobile app that lets users pick a short, pre-written response to emails.
Snoozing emails lets you temporarily remove an email from your inbox and have it reappear later, like at a set time or when you arrive at a specific destination.
Users will have to wait on native offline support, which should arrive on the web by June 2018.
It's no surprise Google is revamping Gmail on the web considering it recently made its new Google Calendar layout mandatory for all users. Calendar now has a much bolder design than before, with more space dedicated to each time slot and quicker access to actions.
Google isn't saying much about the Gmail redesign, though it noted it's "working on some major updates to Gmail" in a statement to The Verge, adding these are "still in draft phase."
We'll keep you posted on when the Gmail on the web changes go live.
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