Google has announced it will start rolling out its huge new update for Gmail from next month.
The new update will include a host of new features such as an offline mode, snoozing messages, confidential messages and much more.
The update will also see Google update the design of Gmail for the first time in more than a decade.
Some users will be able to use the updated Gmail from next month, but for most people it will be September when Google will switch their Gmail account over to the new design.
However, if you are a G Suite user – typically people who have paid account through their work or organisation – you can try the new version much sooner by signing up to Google’s early adopter programme.
“To prepare you and your organization for the general availability (GA) launch, the new Gmail is on an EAP and customers can choose to participate (or not) at the domain and organisational unit levels,” Google said in a blog post.
Google also revealed a timeline of when the new update will be available to users and how long you have left using the current version.
July – Google will officially launch the new Gmail. G Suite users will need to wait for the admin or IT person to make it available to them.
August – The new version will be available to all users, but you will need to opt in to use it.
September – Google will automatically switch ALL users to the new version, but you will still have 4 weeks to use the old version.
October – Everyone will now be using the new version, with Google officially retiring the old version.
One of the features coming to the new version of Gmail includes a confidential mode that allows you to set an expiry date for an email that automatically deletes after a certain date.
Email snoozing, similar to the feature already available in Inbox Gmail, will allow you to snooze emails so you can deal with them at a more convenient time, while the new ‘nudges’ feature automatically reminds you to follow up on something important.
There is also a new feature that allows you preview attachments without having to fully open them and the addition of a new taskbar will integrate with Google Calendar, Google Keep and Google Tasks allowing you to keep notes of appointments and tasks.
The new offline mode lets you queue up, access and read emails offline without an internet connection.