A fresh Google Gmail redesign will soon hit the web and G Suite admins can sign up for the new experience through an Early Adopter Program…
Today, Google sent out an email to all its G Suite admins, announcing a new version of Gmail for the web. The search engine states it will also include some new features. For instance, quick access to Google Calendar directly through the user interface. Additionally, users can also snooze emails for preset times to resurface hours or days later.
Google Gmail Redesign Coming Soon for the Web UI
The new version of Gmail for the web will likewise include smart replies. This is a familiar feature to Android and iOS users, as well as those using Inbox by Gmail. These are algorithmically generated replies which show up as suggestions at the bottom.
Yet another improvement is offline access for Gmail. The company explains it’s phasing out Chrome app, so it will use standard web technology to make its browser store data, instead.
Google also noted in the email announcement it might depreciate some popular Gmail add-ons, like Clearbit and Streak, for instance. The new Gmail web experience will become available in the next few weeks through an EAP or Early Adopter Program.
Here’s the text of the email:
Hello G Suite Administrator,
In the coming weeks, we’ll be announcing an Early Adopter Program (EAP) for a new experience in Gmail. This EAP will introduce a new design for the Gmail web interface, as well as several new features. These changes will also be made available to users with personal Gmail accounts, so we want to make sure you’re adequately prepared for questions from your G Suite users in advance of the public announcement.
- A fresh, clean look for Gmail on the web.
- Easy access to G Suite apps, such as Google Calendar, from within Gmail.
- Smart Reply on the web, just like on mobile.
- Ability to “snooze” emails and choose when they reappear in your inbox.
- Offline support (coming shortly after the EAP announcement; see below for more info).
More about Offline support
We previously announced that we’re moving Chrome apps, like Gmail Offline, to the web. As part of this effort, we’ll introduce native offline support in the new Gmail experience by June 2018. We’ll provide more details about this new offline setting and the eventual shutdown of the Gmail Offline Chrome app in future communications on the G Suite Updates blog.
An update on Chrome extensions
Many popular Chrome extensions already work with the new Gmail experience, but we can’t guarantee that all will. We recommend testing any critical Chrome extensions before more broadly enabling the new Gmail experience within your organization. If the extension doesn’t work, you can contact the extension developer directly to request an update.
Recommended next steps
- Monitor The Keyword and the G Suite Updates blog to learn more about the new Gmail EAP and find out when you can opt in.
- Use the resources provided in those announcements to educate your users about the new Gmail experience.
- Turn on the new Gmail EAP in the Admin console, and encourage your users to provide feedback in product.
If you have additional questions or need assistance, please contact G Suite support. When you call or submit your support case, reference issue number 74358445.
The G Suite Team