New Gmail design revealed

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This week, a brand new design was leaked by TechCrunch for the web version of Gmail, along with several new features including Smart Reply from the web client, the ability to snooze emails, and offline support.

The new web layout will reportedly look more like the mobile app, and you'll have three options to choose from: Default, Comfortable and Compact.

While these "confidential" emails are hard to forward or copy for the sender, it's important to note that there's no word of end-to-end encryption - suggesting that Google can still read the contents of your emails and comply with law enforcement if they're required to give information from your account - so don't send anything you wouldn't be fine with the authorities seeing. You'll know this if you've ever tried to say something to your smart speaker while someone else is talking at the same time.

Yes, but not in the way you think.

This means that users will be able to take advantage of Google apps such as Google Calendar, Keep or Tasks and have them right at their fingertips in Gmail via a sidebar.

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The expiring emails feature works similarly to the expiring emails feature in ProtonMail as the email becomes unreadable after some time.

According to TechCrunch, users can configure the expiration date to have their emails disappear after 1 week, 1 month, multiple years, etc. However, since recipients are still able to screenshot a message, it's not a guarantee of privacy. Or what happens when you access Gmail through POP/IMAP/SMTP and aren't using the official client? With Google I/O just a few weeks away it wouldn't be surprising to see this launched around then.

"We're working on some major updates to Gmail (they're still in draft phase)". Google has meanwhile kept mum about the new features, requesting for a bit more time to compose themselves before they share anything.

So, no flames. No need to panic.

However, the most exciting feature of all might be a new "Confidential Mode" revealed by reports on Friday. And as a recipient, you'll have a clear idea of when these messages will "self-destruct".

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