On Wednesday Gmail is rolling out the biggest set of changes to the service since 2011. A bigger, better Gmail means stiffer competition to Microsoft’s Outlook email service, which is available to consumers and business users through Office 365, just as Gmail is part of the larger G Suite.
This really is a huge revamp, with a look that’s much closer to the Gmail mobile apps, and a ton of new functionality.
The changes are coming to consumers too—keep an eye out for a “Try the new Gmail” option in the settings at the top right of your screen—but there’s a big focus on business users here.
If you want the new features, you’ll need to turn them on in your settings. If you’re using Google’s business-focused G-Suite service, your administrator will need to turn on the features before you can use them.
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Not all features will be available at launch. Those immediately available include smart replies (similar to the Gmail mobile version), the option to snooze emails as in Inbox and a new tool panel on the right side of Gmail’s interface for easy access to Tasks (also revamped) and Calendar.
One of the most exciting new features is a “confidential mode” that prevents people from copying, forwarding, downloading and printing the emails you send them.With this roll-out, Google is aiming to make Gmail smarter, more secure, and easier to use.
“You can start using these new updates in Gmail on the web today, with some features appearing within the coming weeks. Go to Settings (the cog wheel in the top right corner of your inbox) and select ‘Try the new Gmail,’” the search giant says in a blog post.