Google releases standalone Tasks App on iOS and Android

Google calendar is now built directly into your inbox

Earlier today Google started the process of rolling out an overhaul of their Gmail web interface.

Revamped Gmail has "a brand new look on the web, advanced security features, new applications of Google's artificial intelligence and even more integrations with other G Suite apps", according to Thacker. It's still a much-needed new coat of paint - Gmail hadn't seen a significant redesign since 2012.

E-mails with sensitive information, for example, can be put in "confidential mode". Get an important work email at 10:30 p.m. that you don't want to deal with, but also want to make sure to handle in the morning? The mail app will be only focusing on the important messages and show them in the notification bar. Gmail's new Snooze feature is meant to prevent that, as it will allow you to hide and resurface an email at a later time.

Also helpful is having a side panel where you can stick things like your Google Calendar or Google Keep.

"Email is a necessity for most of us", said Gmail product manager Matthew Izatt in a blog. Another feature coming over from mobile to the desktop will be Smart Replies. The sent link leaves your mailbox from where the recipient is able to access it via his Gmail account or another email service. Assistive unsubscribe will automatically track the various newsletters you receive and make unsubscribe suggestions for ones you never read.

Google, seemingly keen to distance itself from the recent Facebook data abuse debacle, stressed that it doesn't scan Gmail conversations to target advertising.

Finally, one feature that had been spotted was the ability to set an expiration on an email.

Google has apparently been working on the changes for two years now, and the redesign is to help Google better compete with Microsoft's Outlook on the business side and modernise the consumer email experience. In addition, you can turn on two-factor authentication for particularly sensitive emails, which will require the recipient to enter a code sent via SMS before they can read your email. You may have to wait. This includes locating Google's calendar, tasks and note-taking services within the same page as emails and alongside existing instant messaging options.

Confidential mode will begin to roll out to personal Gmail users and a limited number of G Suite customers in coming weeks, according to Google.

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