After teasing last year, Google today finally detailed how the redesign of the “new Gmail view” will roll out across the web in the weeks and months to come.
Google touts the “new integrated view” as “making it easy to move between mission-critical apps like Gmail, Chat, and Meet in one unified location.” It starts with a new left sidebar that features large pill-shaped icons for Mail, Chat, Spaces, and Meet. You also get recent chat heads at the bottom of the screen.
When enabled, the new navigation menu lets you easily switch between your inbox, important conversations, and join meetings without having to switch between tabs or open a new window.
The next column is specific to the current product/service you are viewing. In Gmail’s case, it’s the “full range of Mail and Label options currently available,” including a blue “Compose” button that interestingly replaces the previous red accent color. You’ll notice that various items, including the Inbox list, now feature curved corners. For Spaces, it’s the ability to ‘Browse’, see ‘Pinned’, and view all conversations.
Google touts the addition of “notification bubbles” that “keep you on top of what immediately needs your attention.” However, the Google Chat conversation list can no longer be configured to appear on the right side of Gmail. Meanwhile, an upcoming update will combine email and chat results in the top bar.
Starting Tuesday, February 8, you’ll be able to sign up and try out the new experience through a pop-up in the lower right corner of your screen. Users can “revert to classic Gmail through settings”. The new version will begin rolling out automatically in April, but you can always revert to the old design.
Google plans to completely remove the previous look of Gmail and use the new view design by the end of Q2 2022.
Around the same time, users will also start seeing the new, simplified chat web browsing experience (mail.google.com/chat).
Google lists availability for the following users/tiers and more details will be available next week:
Google Workspace Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Fundamentals, Education Plus, Frontline, and Nonprofits, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers
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