Gmail testing sending confidential emails that expire automatically

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A new look - Gmail's visual presentation will be tweaked to bring it more in line with Google's Material Design philosophy. 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. Judging by what we can see in the email, it seems like the new features will include Smart Reply, a new design for improved user experience, offline support, and the ability to snooze emails and make them appear later again.

Tech Crunch said the new feature would be introduced in an upcoming upgrade to its popular email service. By the time this feature is rolled out to all users, the exact mechanics of the feature may work differently than described-the utility of an un-downloadable attachment, as the above text implies, is somewhat limited.

For those of us who can't deal with the onslaught of messages in our inbox but really need to keep in mind to reply to a certain message, Google will be offering some help in the form of a snooze button.

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.

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These new features are set to roll out to the G Suite administrators via an Early Access Program and Gmail users will also get the set of new features and functionalities a bit later.

TechCrunch notes email encryption service ProtonMail already has this feature. Once you click it, you can configure when you want the email to disappear. Google uses machine learning to tune Smart Reply's suggestions to your writing style, so the more you use it, the more useful it gets. You are then given the option to choose an expiration date for the message. You can tag the email with a convenient time and it will be right there at the top of your inbox when you have the freedom to respond.

The updated Gmail on desktop is also set to include two of the best features that are now available in Inbox by Gmail - Google's other email app. There's also a "compact view" that is similar to Gmail's current layout for users who don't want to change. With the new design, the process of using Google Calander and Gmail together is simple.