Gmail is getting a redesign that includes a 'Confidential Mode'

James Marshall
April 16, 2018

Gmail is heading for a re-design both through its appearance and software with one of the new updates being a "self-destructing" email, according to reports.

"Confidential Mode" will allow senders to block the ability for a recipient to forward a message, copy its contents or download the message or any attachments.

The improved design, which will be the biggest redesign of Gmail in nearly a decade, will feature a handy snooze feature, that allows you to put off dealing with annoying emails, an offline mode and Google's brilliant Smart Reply feature. Notably, it looks like recipients of the confidential email will have to log into their Google accounts once again to read the email. In addition, you'll be able to set an expiration date for the message so it becomes unreadable after a time period the sender can set.

These features, which have been available in Microsoft's Outlook desktop app for sometime now, should appeal to business users who want more granular controls over how emails are used by recipients.

The more you use Smart Reply the smarter it gets, learning how you are likely to reply to an email, enabling you to replay with just a single click. Gmail for web hasn't received a major overhaul in years so these new features should be interesting to see.

Unfortunately, for all the precautions included in Gmail's new Confidential Mode, it is impossible to prevent users from taking a screenshot of the contents of an email. Before we get to that, what we know so far is that the redesigned Gmail could launch in the next few weeks and will perhaps be announced at the Google I/O developers conference on May 8.

There's now no word on a final release date for the new Gmail, however, a message to early access testers hints at a launch date in the coming weeks.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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