Google is about to launch a Gmail web redesign

Glowing Gmail icon

Glowing Gmail icon

Due to roll out to the Early Adopter Program "in the coming weeks", the update affects the look of the web version of Gmail.

Worth noting is the possibility that some popular Chrome extensions won't work with the new Gmail experience.

A fresh, clean look for Gmail on the web. Since then, the design has likely changed and comes amid rumors of Material Design 2 and a broader refresh for Google's products.


Interestingly, the mockup also shows some actions you can take if you hover over an email, such as archiving, deleting, and snoozing. Users will also be able to snooze emails so they'll reappear at a later time, and Google is planning offline support as well, though it sounds like it won't launch until after the redesign is in place.

Google announced the incoming redesign in an email to G Suite subscribers, which The Verge managed to get a copy of. They're good for hammering out short replies to a ton of emails, but the utility of not having to type a short email is lessened when you're doing it on a real computer with a real keyboard. It will also allow you to access other G Suite apps, such as Calendar, directly from your inbox instead of maintaining six browser tabs for those various components.

Speaking of Chrome apps, Google warned that Chrome extensions are not guaranteed to work with the updated Gmail. According to Engadget, Google sent out an email to G Suite Administrators, the people who manage and control corporate or group email accounts running on Google's webmail platform. The final release might not be for a few months, though we will keep an eye out for more announcements.

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