Google is in full spring cleaning mode. The company is getting rid of the old to bring a new, fresh look to its Gmail web app. The facelift has been in the rumor mill for a couple of days now and there are finally images that show what the company has been up to. Don’t worry – you’ll adjust to the changes quickly.
The new Gmail will implement smart replies on the web browser, meaning you’ll be able to choose a reply from a list of automated responses, as well as offer you the chance to hit snooze on your e-mails (apparently, Google knows how fond we’re of the snooze button already!). Gmail will also have new layouts! You’ll have three to choose from: Default, Comfortable and Compact. Comfortable and Compact are similar to the layouts already in Gmail; the emails will be listed like they currently are with attachments denoted by the paperclip sign. Compact cuts down on the whitespace, meaning there will be more emails on the page compared to Comfortable. The Default layout, however, is completely new! It will show the attachments, whether they are images or documents, right in the Inbox so you don’t have to open the email to preview them.
The first thing you might notice will be the redesign of the buttons, as well as the plugin sidebar.
On the sidebar, you can get a quick look at Calendar, make To-Do lists through Tasks, and use other plugins. These additions make it easier to access all your productivity tools quickly!
UPDATE: CNET covers these new features and some other rumored updates in the below video:
When will the changes take place? Beta users can test the update in the upcoming months and Google will likely talk about it in May at their I/O event.