Gmail has been around for quite a long time but has rarely undergone any major enhancements and improvements, barring few design updates here and there. However, one major enhancement is on its way and should be available to all Gmail users in a month’s time.
There has been a leak in the initial design for their latest update, and it shows a cleaner interface. Beyond the design part, which looks quite modern, Google is including some new features in their system.
Perhaps, the most fascinating is the ability for users to send an email that can self-destruct.
With this feature, the moment a user composes an email, he or she can set up a deadline date for that email. As soon as the date is crossed, the person who received this email won’t be able to forward, copy, download, or print the message.
The confidential mode message, which is what Google has named it, will also come with two-factor authentication. This is to ensure that only authorized viewers are opening confidential mode messages.
To access these messages, Google will send recipients a one-time code via text message to verify that the user is genuine and the intended recipient. While this may not be a completely bulletproof solution, sending a confidential message can ensure better control over who sees your emails.
Another feature being added is “smart reply” which some users might have seen in their smartphones already. Smart reply uses predefined responses that can be sent by a tap or a click to save users time and effort.
The Google I/O conference is scheduled at the end of next month. It will be the best platform to see the new and improved Gmail with all the new features.