Aside from the new-look web app and Tasks mobile apps, Google also announced new security features, including Gmail confidential mode, and expanded AI capabilities like smart replies and notification priority settings. Google's intention is to then make the new Gmail switch on by default, but give users to the option to switch back - before finally pulling the plug on the old Gmail entirely.
So whether you use a Gmail email account as your main email, or you've configured the web interface to handle emails from an alternative provider, you're about to get a lot more functionality from Google's flagship email service.
Google (GOOG) doesn't think email is dead - Gmail has 1.4 billion active users a month - but it does want people to trust email again.
A new Confidential Mode is perhaps the biggest security/privacy investment out of this batch of announcements. The "Smart Reply" feature, which helps users to reply to messages faster and is already present in the existing Gmail app, has been introduced to the web interface.
Security warnings have been improved, which means that those messages warning you that an email might be spam or a spoof are now taking up a third of the screen.
Lastly, the platform now also adds integrated rights management or IRM which will allow business users to block copying, forwarding, downloading or printing a specific email or message.
As any other to-do list app, Google Tasks also allows you to create new tasks or subtasks, set deadlines, and view, edit or manage them on-the-go.
The e-mails themselves have received a slight makeover, though you'll still see threaded messages and have the ability to star those messages that are most important. The first you'll likely notice is the ability to take actions on emails right from the Inbox itself.
It does this using the same technology as Smart Reply, which was introduced a year ago and suggests automatic responses to emails to save you typing them out.
Disappearing email. The new Condfidential Mode lets you send emails that vanish from the recipient's inbox after a period you specify-sort of like a Snapchat for corporate correspondence-or which you can revoke after you've sent them.
In addition to the new hover menu, Gmail is also getting a pair of collapsible side menus.
On Wednesday Gmail is rolling out the biggest set of changes to the service since 2011. This mode will begin to roll out to consumer users and a limited number of G Suite customers in the next few weeks, with a broader roll-out to follow. You can also require that people who read your messages use multiple forms of authentication before they can read your message. The AI-infused technology for suggesting responses to emails, which originated in Inbox in 2015, is now available in Gmail's browser-based version as well as its mobile-app variants. The search giant collects so much other data about each of us, it doesn't really need our emails.
Other features include a setting for high-priority notifications, which alerts users to important messages keeping interruptions to a minimum.