How to switch to the new Gmail

By now you have probably heard that Google is making updates to it’s 14 year  old email application, Gmail. Your Gmail account is tied to many of Google’s services, such as Android phones, YouTube (although you still technically need to create a YouTube account), Maps etc. Once logged into Gmail, you are also logged into the browser. This is something to note as you will see different results when logged into the browser then when not logged in.

How to Switch to the New Gmail

Log into your Gmail account and on the right-hand side near the top, look for the gear icon. Simply click on that and “Try the new Gmail” is right at the top.

First glance, it doesn’t ‘look’ too different from the old Gmail, but there is some new functionality.

Updated Security

Built-in Information Rights Management (IRM) controls also allow you to remove the option to forward, copy, download or print messages. This helps reduce the risk of confidential information being accidentally shared with the wrong people. Confidential mode will begin to roll out to consumer Gmail users and a limited number of G Suite customers in the coming weeks (broader rollout following).

Check out a quick run down of Gmail from Google

AI (Artificial Intelligence) Reminders

New AI-powered features in Gmail, like Nudging, Smart Reply and high-priority notifications, can now help you spend more time on work that matters.

Most of us get more emails than we can deal with at one time, and sometimes things slip through the cracks. With Nudging, Gmail will proactively remind you to follow up or respond to messages, making sure you don’t drop the ball

If you are looking to update Gmail on your Android, check out this article.

Hover to access tools

You can also hover over messages (you don’t have to click into them) to do things like RSVP to a meeting invite, archive an email thread or snooze an email until the time is right.

So some pretty interesting features are part of this update. Looks like Google is trying to complete with the big email players like Microsoft’s Outlook

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