Fast forward nearly 15 years later, and little has changed except a 2011 redesign that simplified the UI even more.
The features mirror a lot of the ones found in Microsoft's full Outlook application, which is used by many businesses around the world. The new features will give small businesses additional tools to improve email communications.
Now, TechCrunch has reported on a new feature in the new Gmail: the ability to send confidential emails that expire.
'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'.
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According to The Verge, Google is planning a redesign for its Gmail interface. Notably, they are very reminiscent of Gmail Add-ons introduced a year ago by Google so that third-party developers can create apps. This is a technology which uses algorithmically-generated replies for fast communications.
Users can choose from three view setting - now "Display density" - for their inbox.
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.
Google on Thursday unveiled Google Go, a new app built to support Android devices with one gigabyte Random Access Memory (RAM) and below. This move comes as Google is set to retire its Gmail Offline Chrome app. The company had sent out a mail to G Suite users informing them of the development of a new version of the email service. But even if you opt to go with G Suite, the $5 Basic and $10 Business monthly plans are affordable for most businesses. For small businesses with limited budgets, the free version is more than capable of carrying out most of your email needs.