Google's Redesign of Gmail to Include a 'Confidential Mode'

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This improved design includes the addition of features that are already available in the Gmail Inbox app, such as "snooze" (which lets you temporarily hold off certain emails until you're ready to read them) and "smart reply" (which prompts you to answer messages quickly), according to The Verge. The presence of Google Assistant, a voice control feature, begs the question of why the dongle would also need a remote control but both are certainly possible as a new combination for broader usability. The three options include a default view that highlights attachments, a comfortable view that does not highlight those attachments and a compact view that is nearly the same as the current Gmail design (for those who don't like change). Yesterday, the redesign leaked early giving us an early look at what's in store for users. It will also offer a brief description about the breed (if it thinks it has identified it), or offer a few options for you to click on to learn more. It's not like your whole inbox will go up in flames.

Additionally, when viewing a confidential email, Google reportedly disables the ability to copy or print anything in the email - though as the images in TechCrunch's story prove, there's nothing stopping someone from taking a screenshot or even a picture with a nearby smartphone. Screenshots shared with The Verge show a "Confidential Mode" which will control things like email expiry and limit what recipients of messages can do with them. However, unlike similar features in Proton Mail, self-destructing messages in Google don't simply delete themselves like you'd expect.

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You can configure the expiration date so that your email disappears after 1 week, 1 month, multiple years, etc.

It'll also be possible to ask recipients to confirm their identities with a text-based passcode. "Unfortunately users can't always decide on the type of device they have or the kind of connection they are on", says Google Africa Chief Marketing Officer, Mzamo Masito.

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"We're working on some major updates to Gmail (they're still in draft phase)".

However, the most exciting feature of all might be a new "Confidential Mode" revealed by reports on Friday.

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