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August 16, 2018 at 1:50 PM

Gmails big redesign

It is probably an already known fact that Gmail has become the solution of choice for the majority of users and businesses since it first went live in 2004. New features are continually added to make the experience of using Gmail as easy as possible while still providing you with the functionality you would expect from a global mail solution.

With that being said Gmail has from a design perspective remained pretty much the same with very little to no change in the look and feel of the solution, however that has now changed with their latest redesign which includes a host of new features to make your experience even more enjoyable.

New Features for Everyone

These features include to name a few, easier management of your inbox thanks to new action buttons for individual emails, whereas in the past any management of emails required you to physically go into the email, all you need to do now is simply hover over the email you are wanting to manage and these action buttons will appear, allowing you to delete, archive, and snooze the email allowing you to deal with it at a later time. The same concept applied in regards to email attachments, which has also changed with the new redesign, allowing you to access your email attachments directly from your main screen as all attachments will now appear directly below any emails which include a file. Another handy feature is the ability to use Smart Reply, That means a canned response to your brother's BBQ save-the-date along the lines of "Sounds good!" will be just one click away. There's also a new 'assisted unsubscribe' feature that'll notice if you're getting weekly promotional blasts you never read. When the next one lands, it'll appear alongside a little card that lets you quickly take yourself off the list without digging into the email's small print to find the link.

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Change to Security

Gmail already flags emails that are suspected as being Spam, or Phishing attempts or could potentially cause harm, however with the new feature they have removed the subtle approach completely and will now label the suspicious email with a huge red banner, generally when these are seen it would be a good idea to delete the email and move on with your day. Unless this has been received by a trusted source in which case you just need to let Gmail know that it’s trusted.

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Making Gmail a more secure place to operate is another big push in this update. There's a new "Confidential mode" for emails a sender doesn't want permanently sitting in your inbox. The sender can set an expiration date for any sensitive emails, or manually self-destruct them whenever these emails are also stored in the sender's Gmail account, not in some other random part of Google's cloud. The sender can even enable two-factor authentication, meaning the recipient must request an access code via SMS before they can access the contents, this is in case an inbox is potentially already compromised. In addition, these emails will have special rights management controls, effectively disabling the recipient's ability to copy, forward, download or print an email.

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Biggest Noticeable Change

By far the biggest change to the overall look is the new side panel off to the right that allows to you to load up other Google apps alongside your inbox. For example, you can see your calendar in that panel without having to switch tabs to add entries on appointments received in your inbox. Or even if you want to add a note to Google Keep or your Task list. Gmail has also had a visual refresh, moving away from the basic plain text look to something more adapt to the times. Dedicated IOS and Android apps are also going to be launched to make it more useful when you are unable to use your personal PC.

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Unfortunately using the side panel does mean losing some space within the web based view but you have the ability to hide the left panel to make up for space lost.

Nudging is another new, automated feature that should more or less eliminate the need to constantly revisit the bottom of your inbox or sent folder. Google's algorithms will detect emails that look like they need replying to, but that you might not have thought about in a few days. Gmail will 'nudge' these emails to the top of your inbox and add a little note reminding you to think about replying. Similarly, if you've sent an email that has gone unanswered, this will be flagged so you can send a follow-up if you need to.

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Partnership between Dropbox and Google.

The sidebar add-on also gives you a full view of your Dropbox file structure, which comes in handy for adding files to the folder you want rather than simply dumping files to your downloads. It also means you'll eventually be able to attach files from Dropbox into your email without having to search through what's synced to your computer's local storage. This means there is less chance of data loss due to keeping files in the cloud as opposed to your devices that could potentially crash, fall prey to theft, or become damaged in any way, it's a nice touch. Try it today by adding the DropBox plugin via your Chrome Web Store!

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Naturally, there's a mobile component to this, as well. Once you get your Dropbox set up in Gmail on the web, it'll also show up in the official Gmail apps for Android and iOS. As with other add-ons, it'll also work across browsers and platforms, so anywhere you login to your Gmail will also be linked to your Dropbox. The integration is already available on Android, and it's "coming soon" for iOS.

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If you would like any further information on features or have any other queries, please feel free to contact us at service@mcdonaldsit.co.nz

Created by Daniel Monsanto



Category: Cloud Computing

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