Gmail redesign to include self-destructing email option

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Google is testing a feature called "confidential mode" in Gmail, which allows users sending mail to other Gmail users to set an expiration date for their correspondence, and informs the user that "Options to forward, download, or copy this email's contents and attachments will be disabled".

As seen in the screenshot shared by the report, the email after a specified time becomes unreadable. Snooze and Smart Reply are both currently part of Google's Inbox app for Gmail, and both features are now making their way to Gmail on the web.

It is not for sure if this feature will be compatible with those recipients who are using a different email service.

"The features are very similar to some found in Microsoft's full Outlook application and Microsoft is also adding the ability to restrict emails on its Outlook.com service", the report added.

This news follows earlier reports of a complete redesign of the Gmail interface in development.

"We need a bit more time to compose ourselves, so can't share anything yet-archive this for now, and we'll let you know when it's time to hit send". You are then given the option to choose an expiration date for the message.

Gmail users who use Confidential Mode will be able to stop recipients from forwarding select emails. Instead, you will be invited to click on a link to view the email on a secured website.

Google is implementing smart replies for Gmail on the web, the same feature from mobile Gmail that provides suggestions to quickly reply to emails. Snooze can also bring the email back when you're at a specific location, which is useful for setting aside personal email for when you get home from work. You can also require a passcode so the recipient can open it with a code that will be sent via text message.

The default inbox view also has new icons that differentiate the types of attachments accompanying emails, as well as list file names, though the compact view returns the icon to the traditional paperclip and hides file names.

A choice of layouts - The new Gmail offers users a choice of three layouts for their Gmail screen.

In times when privacy and confidentiality seem to be at risk, this new confidential mode could be a huge success among Gmail users.

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