Google Launches New Gmail Design Soon

Amongst other features Confidential Mode allows users to set an expiry date on their email

Gmail, the most used mail client is bringing some major changes to the application.

The improved design, which will be the biggest redesign of Gmail in nearly a decade, will feature a handy snooze feature, that allows you to put off dealing with annoying emails, an offline mode and Google's brilliant Smart Reply feature.

Google is set to overhaul the design of Gmail in next couple of weeks and now details of a few new features, including self destructing emails, have leaked online.

It is similarly unclear how this feature interoperates with users of non-Google services.

It seems this works best for other users of email, who won't be sent the message itself but will instead receive a link where they can read it.

Improving the Gmail experience for users has been one of Google's priorities for quite a while now, and it looks like the company is considering enhancing Gmail's functionality with even more new features. This upgrade lets you share more photos, files and videos than ever before using the service. Similarly, the actual security offered by this concept may also be limited, as the TechCrunch report notes that there is no control mechanism preventing the user from taking a screenshot of the message. You are then given the option to choose an expiration date for the message.

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Gmail is testing a new "confidential mode" that allows users to set an expiration date for their correspondence, and attempts to prohibit users from forwarding, downloading, or copying an email.

And if you want to take privacy to the next level, there's an option to include an obligatory SMS passcode in order to open the email.

Of course, compatibility may be an issue here - particularly as receivers are asked to confirm their Google accounts in order to open confidential mode emails.

The tech firm is said to be working on a "confidential mode" which will destroy emails after they have been sent. Not to mention if users OR senders are utilizing POP3/IMAP/SMTP to access their inbox.

Google's Gmail redesign will be available in the coming weeks as an early access program for G Suite customers and personal Gmail accounts.

This link will expire after a set period of time, meaning that the email has effectively disappeared.

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