Gmail is heading for a re-design both through its appearance and software with one of the new updates being a "self-destructing" email, according to reports.
"The features are very similar to some found in Microsoft's full Outlook application and Microsoft is also adding the ability to restrict emails on its Outlook.com service", the report added. The interface, which combines the existing Gmail interface with some aspects of the "Inbox by Gmail" concept, includes direct access to Google Calendar from Gmail, as well as the AI-generated smart reply option that has been part of the mobile app version of Gmail since last May.
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Gmail is testing a new "confidential mode" that allows users to set an expiration date for their correspondence, and attempts to prohibit users from forwarding, downloading, or copying an email.
In a statement to The Verge, Google said: "We're working on some major updates to Gmail (they're still in draft phase)".
"We need a bit more time to compose ourselves, so can't share anything yet-archive this for now, and we'll let you know when it's time to hit send".
The California-based company could also showcase updates to Google Chrome, Google Photos, Android Wear, Google Home, and more. Shortly after the screenshots surfaced online, Google also confirmed that this redesign is in the works.
When a user composes a new email, there will be a small icon called Confidential Mode.
According to a new report from TechCrunch, a tipster also revealed to the publication that Google is testing a "confidential mode" that would make it easier for users to ensure their emails are only read by the intended person. When you click on the icon, a message appears, saying "Options to forward, download or copy this email's contents and attachments will be disabled".
Snapchat became famous for letting users send graphic photos which automatically self-destruct after a set period of time.
Another feature further boosts security by requiring the recipient to confirm their identity by entering a passcode which is sent to them by SMS. Not to mention if users OR senders are utilizing POP3/IMAP/SMTP to access their inbox. "You can open it by clicking this link".