Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Google overhauls G Suite with redesign, AI and efforts to cut clutter

Google overhauls G Suite with redesign, AI and efforts to cut clutter

A new mode will allow Gmail users to remove the option to forward, copy, download or print messages, which Izatt said is useful for when you have to send sensitive information via email such as a tax return, or your social security number.

For mobile users who inexplicably have their alert set up for every single new email, you can now rely on AI here too. That's important because the right side of Gmail is getting a collapsible panel that will include fast access to other G Suite apps, including Calendar, Keep, and, of course, Tasks.

Google is taking the lid off its oft-hinted redesign of Gmail, which includes a new look, a host of fresh features, increased security and an injection of artificial intelligence.

If you're a personal Gmail user, you can turn on the new version via the Settings in the top-right.

For now, it's still unclear if and when Google will bring in support for more features, but we are likely to see new additions and improvements to the app in the near future.

There aren't additional ads arriving in the new Gmail, either. And if you get a message that's supposedly from one of your contacts, but which originates from an unfamiliar email address-possibly because it's really from a phisher-Gmail will tell you that something may be amiss. And, you know, the receipts and appointment reminders and relatives. Users also have the option to stop recipients from forwarding, copying, downloading or even printing out a message you've sent them. Gmail is also getting a new built-in offline mode since it's now a fully fledged progressive web app. Instead, it focuses on features that make email more safe and efficient, especially in a business context.

WhatsApp Raises Minimum Age in Europe to 16 Ahead of GDPR
Facebook, which has also been criticised for its handling of personal data, is taking a different approach to younger users. WhatsApp's minimum age of use will remain 13 years in the rest of the world, in line with its parent.

Attachments are accessible without going into the email, since they show up as clickable rounded icons under the subject. You can open it directly from the inbox.

It does this using the same technology as Smart Reply, which was introduced previous year and suggests automatic responses to emails to save you typing them out. These can be used to send common responses to messages with a quick click rather than requiring you to type. "Confidential" mode also helps reduce the risk of private information being accidentally shared with the wrong people.

It also lets users set expiration dates for messages so that data is automatically deleted. Gmail made a name for itself as the email provider with the best spam filter, but although it represents a far smaller proportion of nuisance emails, phishing is a far bigger threat.

Hover over a conversation and you'll see a new pop-up bar. High-priority notifications also curbs interruptions and makes recommendations on what to unsubscribe to.

In addition, confidential emails don't ever get saved locally - they're in the cloud and you need to have a 2FA code to access them. The feature, already available on mobile, allows users to click on one of the suggestions and then continue to edit the email as normal.

Today, however, Google announced a bevy of updates including the first major redesign of Gmail's web interface in years.

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