Gmail may have self-destructing "confidential" emails soon

Gmail may have self-destructing

The improved design, which will be the biggest redesign of Gmail in nearly a decade, will feature a handy snooze feature, that allows you to put off dealing with annoying emails, an offline mode and Google's brilliant Smart Reply feature. Similarly, the actual security offered by this concept may also be limited, as the TechCrunch report notes that there is no control mechanism preventing the user from taking a screenshot of the message. There is also an option to have your sidebar on the opposite side of your email, which will allow users to use Google Keep or Google Calendar on the Gmail platform. By the time this feature is rolled out to all users, the exact mechanics of the feature may work differently than described-the utility of an un-downloadable attachment, as the above text implies, is somewhat limited.

Here are six changes that you will see when Google launches its new look in May.

Google is expected to implement new design changes within Gmail for all users within the next couple weeks.

It is similarly unclear how this feature interoperates with users of non-Google services. "You can open it by clicking this link".

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Smart Reply - Smart Reply suggests three responses you might send based on the content of an email you received.

The other feature Google looks set to bring over of Inbox is the snooze option, which can temporarily hide an email from your Inbox until the time you are ready to deal with it. Google uses machine learning to tune Smart Reply's suggestions to your writing style, so the more you use it, the more useful it gets. Snooze can be a godsend if you get a lot of emails, receive one when you don't have time to answer, and forget about it when the incoming flood pushes it off your screen.

It can also purportedly be used to prevent recipients from copying, downloading, or printing the content of the email. This icon will not only allow you to set an expiration date of a sent email but there's also a "Require Passcode" option that you can select if you want the recipient to confirm their identity with a passcode sent via SMS. The default layout highlights attachments while a "comfortable view" does away with the attachment highlight. With the new design, the process of using Google Calander and Gmail together is simple. There's also a "compact view" that is similar to Gmail's current layout for users who don't want to change.

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