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Gmail gets an upgrade
Google has revamped Gmail, adding new features to boost security and reduce the overhead of keeping on top of email.
The new version of Gmail is available from today. You can see its new look above, but click through this gallery to see what’s on offer, and read our in-depth overview.
Sending an email in confidential mode allows the sender to revoke access to that email’s content, either manually or by setting it to expire at a specific time.
Emails sent in confidential mode can also be locked down to stop them being forwarded, downloaded, copy/pasted or printed, or can require two-factor authentication to access.
Bolder phishing warnings
In an effort to deter users from clicking on phishing emails, warning banners will be much bigger and be written using plain English.
Important emails you’ve sent or received that are older than two days, and which haven’t been dealt with, will be bumped back up to the top of your inbox.
The offline version of the Gmail web client will be identical to the existing online version, apart from not requiring network access, and upon reconnecting can be synced to receive the latest messages.
Rather than having to open each email to interact with messages, users will be able to hover over icons and select from a list of actions, for example to Snooze a message so it appears back at the top of the inbox at a later time.
Fewer annoying notifications
A ‘High-priority notifications’ setting will filter out the vast majority of push notifications for new emails, only showing those deemed as important or urgent email messages.
Users will be able to unsubscribe from mailing lists whose messages they don’t read regularly with a single click.
The Smart Reply feature found on mobile, where Gmail suggests three short responses to each email, will now be offered by the Gmail web client.
New Google Tasks smartphone app
Android and iOS handsets get a Google Tasks app.