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Gmail Takes Pity On Us With Disappearing Emails

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Google’s revamp of Gmail is no longer a secret. The email service’ interface is being fine-tuned as we speak and one of the features rumored to come in the new iteration will help us get rid of our digital traces. At least, when it comes to the recipient’s inbox.

Besides the nice redesign, plugins and To-Do lists seen here, the updated Gmail will bring something called Confidential Mode. Now, the new mode doesn’t imply parts of your future emails will be hidden from certain recipients, but rather entire emails will disappear from chosen inboxes.

How does that work?

The new email form will give you the option to set an expiration date, ranging from few days to years. Once that date comes along, the email will be unreadable by the recipient(s). Moreover, those people will be unable to copy, forward, download or print it. Of course, there is a loophole – the text could still be captured as a screenshot or as a picture.

A time stamp is another method to make emails disappear (in case you haven’t notice, Google really has our backs here). In this case though, they will reappear at a given hour, at the top of the inbox. That’s helpful when you don’t have the time or the willingness to read an email but it’s still important enough to be skimmed through later.

Oh, and we also heard a Smart Reply function is in the works. Not a novelty, but still a new feature for Gmail. We’ll keep you updated on further improvements or changes Google is making to the service in the next weeks.


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