Noticed something new while checking your email this morning? Gmail has just started rolling out its first major revamp since 2011 to enhance your safety and productivity. Here are the new features you can look forward to:
The first thing you might notice is the clickable sidebar Gmail added to keep you organized. You can view what’s on your calendar for the day, see the things you’ve saved to Google Keep, and add tasks to a to-do list. The sidebar also integrates with the G Suite Marketplace, so you can add third-party applications.
In addition to the sidebar, your inbox has several new features for you to explore.
A Nudge in the Right Direction
You got a vital email right before lunch—did you actually respond to it? With Gmail’s new email nudges, you’ll see important emails you haven’t replied to at the top of your inbox. While Google will keep nudges to a minimum, they estimate that they’ll prevent 8% of G Suite business customers from forgetting to respond to crucial emails.
Hit the Snooze
Want to set a manual reminder to review a message? Hover over the email and hit the snooze button. You can customize when you want to be prompted to go back to the email to make sure you follow through on less essential matters.
High Priority Notifications on Mobile
Finally, mobile Gmail users will have the option of only getting notifications about their most important emails. According to Jacob Bank, the lead product manager for Gmail, this should cut back on 97 percent of email notifications for mobile users.
After looking through the inbox updates, you should look at the new internal email features. Here are the ones you can’t miss.
You might be sending private information or documents, but can you be sure it won’t accidentally be forwarded on to the rest of your company? With confidential emails, you can! Recipients will get a link to your message that cannot be forwarded, printed, copied, or downloaded. You can set how long they have access to the link before it self-destructs and can even revoke access to the email!
Heightened Security Notifications
Google has dramatically increased their phishing protection and is taking all subtlety out of their warnings. If they suspect an email might have been maliciously sent, you’ll see a huge and colorful banner notifying you of a potentially fraudulent message.
Last year smart replies were launched on Gmail mobile, but it’s now going to be available for all users. Google uses machine learning to give you three options to quickly respond to emails. If none of the options work for you, you can of course still type your own response.
We are so excited to see these new Gmail features roll out over the next couple weeks! Let us know in the comments which ones do you think will help you the most!