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Google Redesigning Gmail With Smart Reply, Snooze And More In Coming Weeks

Today, Google announced a “new design” is coming to the Gmail web interface to its G Suite customers with some new features and will be coming as an Early Access Program for a “new Gmail experience” in “the coming weeks.”

This new experience includes a “new design for the Gmail web interface.” Details only note a “fresh, clean look for Gmail on the web.”

An old slide (above) from last year shows a mockup that is better spaced with more prominent labels, as well as overlays to take quick actions on emails. Since then, the design has likely changed and comes amid rumors of Material Design 2 and a broader refresh for Google’s products.

Meanwhile, Google in a message to G Suite admins notes “several new features.” The family of Google apps will be better integrated with Google noting “easy access” to services like Calendar “from within Gmail.”

Smart Reply — which allows users to select from three automatic responses based on the context of the message — is making its way to the web, as well as “snooze” that temporarily hides emails from your inbox until a specified time.

With the launch of the EAP, Gmail will not initially have offline support, but Google promises that “native offline support in the new Gmail experience” will be available by June 2018. This setting will replace the Gmail Offline Chrome app, with that shutdown communicated in future updates.

Lastly, Google advises that many popular Chrome extensions will continue to work on the new Gmail experience, but recommends “testing any critical Chrome extensions before more broadly enabling the new Gmail experience within your organization.”

A Google spokesperson said:

“We’re working on some major updates to Gmail (they’re still in draft phase). We need a bit more time to compose ourselves, so can’t share anything yet—archive this for now, and we’ll let you know when it’s time to hit send.” 
The email  confirm that “these changes will also be made available to users with personal Gmail accounts.” An I/O 18 launch next month is possible, while Google’s enterprise developer conference is in July.

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