Gmail Receives Major Feature Boost

Gmail Receives Major Feature Boost
Users can work in Gmail while offline and snooze unimportant emails for later.

(CCM) — Google has unveiled a beefed-up new Gmail service with a new look and many new features, after two years of intensive development, Reuters is reporting.

“This is an entire rewrite of our flagship, most-used product,” said Jacob Bank, Google's product manager lead for Gmail.

One of the key new features is a robust native offline mode which allows users to work in Gmail when they are travelling or are otherwise without internet access. Enabling this functionality was far from trivial, Bank said. "A rewrite of the entire technical stack of Gmail was required to make this possible."

Another new feature is the ability to snooze emails, making them disappear for a user-configurable amount of time, so that they can be set to reappear the next day, or when a user gets home from work, or whenever is convenient.

By contrast, the new nudge feature automatically resurfaces emails which the service recognizes as requiring a time-sensitive action or response. Google believes that nudges will lead 8 percent of business users each week to remember to follow-up on something important, according to the report.

The new Gmail also introduces some powerful security features, such as the ability to time-limit an email so that it cannot be read after a user-set deadline, and the ability to prevent users from forwarding, copying, downloading, or printing a specific message accidentally.

Gmail users will start seeing the new features as they roll out in the coming weeks.

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