After promising the new design last summer, Google is finally working on bringing it to its company’s Gmail on Workspace.
Are not the types of change? Too bad, because Google does it again. A year and a half after revealing the new and current Gmail design for G Suite users, which has become the workspace, the company announced another change (already peeked at) with a clear goal: to get you started using most of its services in the workplace. This time around, you’re trying to do it with less clutter and distraction.
You can easily switch between different tools without opening more windows
The new design includes a navigation menu that lets you easily switch between Inbox, Chats, and Spaces, as well as for Meet video and audio calls, instead of having to open more annoying tabs and windows. In addition, Google is adding alert bubbles that let you know if you have a new alert in one of these tools – rather than having to see all your conversations all the time in the same window as in the current design. Another innovation is the Gmail search engine, which can search within chats as well.
This new design comes after Google rebranded G Suite last year as a workspace, introducing the kind of unified design teaser we’ll be getting soon. At the time, I promised that the update would arrive “this summer”, but of course that hasn’t happened yet.
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As usual with the big changes and new features of Gmail, this time too Google is extending implementation over time: Starting on February 8th (until 15 days later), you may see a popup offering you to switch to the new interface with the option to go back to the previous interface in Settings. Those who don’t pass by April will get the new design by force, but you can go back to the previous design this time as well – using the Settings screen. By the end of the second quarter of 2022, the new design will become the default design with no reversal. It’s currently not clear if Google will port this design to private Gmail users as well.
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