New Gmail

The new version of Gmail web

#3 Product of the MonthApril 2018
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Google presents the new version of Gmail web with new security and intelligent features. Do more without leaving your inbox, with easy access to apps including Calendar, Tasks and Keep. Smart Reply helps you respond to messages faster.

Go into settings and select "Try new Gmail"

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48 Reviews3.2/5

Disappointed is how I'd describe my overall reaction to this "new Gmail." Lots of features borrowed from Google Inbox and some other competitors (Protonmail), but nothing resembling the reinvention of the "experience" of using email that I crave. "New Gmail" does not make actually dealing with email any more pleasant for me.

The most innovative thing about this is probably the "secure message" feature I saw promoted in the press release, but even that doesn't seem enabled yet on my account. But it's not something I would use more than a couple of times a year.

I still use Gmail for work, but have moved on to greener pastures with my personal email. The cost/benefit of Google invading my privacy no longer pans out.

Pros:

Integrated calendar widget is cool. Some nice features brought over from Google Inbox (hover buttons, open attachments from list view).

Cons:

Does not look great on big monitors. Also, do I really want AI reading my email for "Smart" Replies? Why can't I turn that off?

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Thanks for the honest review Eric, spot on for me as well; The "new" features aren't worth it for me to switch my personal email back to Google. As for the secure messages, as @aaroniclee pointed out, its easily defeated by taking a photo/screenshot.
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A couple things to know here: The rollout of the new Gmail is STARTING today, so everybody won't get it as an option right away. I'm a Gmail extension maker, and most extension makers were given early access to the new Gmail a couple months ago so they could start adapting their extensions to the new Gmail UI. (I'm actually a bit behind on adapting my extensions, so I'm hoping for a slow rollout.). My personal prediction is that Google will soon abandon Inbox. Here's the evidence: 1) This rollout of the new Gmail, 2) The fact that most Gmail extension makers never adapted their extensions to Inbox, forcing users who rely on them to stay with classic Gmail, and most importantly 3) The introduction of Gmail Add-ons several months ago, which are plugins for Gmail that work on both desktop and mobile. Here's the rub though...the new Gmail Add-on platform ONLY work on Gmail, not Inbox.
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Looks great! I'd love to try it out but it's not showing up in settings like the blog says.
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@sethbwilliams So i am not the only one then :/
@sethbwilliams Same. I'm dying to try it out, I think this new update will readily kill Boomerang! Now if they can put in calendar scheduling, then Mixmax is also going to be in trouble...
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@sethbwilliams @halvi @jucaslames I have the setting now! It's GLORIOUS! :D
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@helloitsdrea Awesome! Glad you got it! Where do you see the notification in settings? Is it at the top? Easy to find?
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I don't know what to make of this new interface. There are few things to like - the integrated calendar, tasks, smart replies etc. but the overall design is extremely incoherent.

I'm not even sure how the compose button made it through all those reviews before production release. Some UI elements seem to have slightly rounded edges (search bar) while others have fully rounded corners (compose, active item in the left side menu).

This also doesn't appear to be a full redesign. There are remnants of the older UI throughout the product:

- The settings pages weren't updated. Why?

- The account dropdown on the top right still has elements of the old UI

- Hangouts hasn't changed much

I also don't like the fact that buttons that were super clear in the past are no longer easy to recognize - back, archive etc. They have all been replaced with icons that you need to get used to.

Pros:

Instant access to calendar, smart replies and the new tasks app (although it's very limiting)

Cons:

Incoherent design (different elements have either fully rounded or partially rounded edges), compose button, old settings interface

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"I also don't like the fact that buttons that were super clear in the past are no longer easy to recognize - back, archive etc. They have all been replaced with icons that you need to get used to." < Agreed. Strong observations.

Long awaited: a new interface to our beloved email program. Material design all the way.

Pros:

Clean and smooth. Didn't break plug-ins either, including our Salesflare sidebar. Loving it so far! 😍

Cons:

Probably just need to get used a bit to the new look

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