Gmail accounts could be about to get a lot more private, thanks to new Confidential Mode for email

Gmail accounts could be about to get a lot more private, thanks to new Confidential Mode for email

Gmail is about to get a blockbuster new update.

The   brings a slew of changes, including the ability to quickly reply to emails with an automatically-regenerated response, and snooze emails to a later time.

The new look also enables Gmail users to place calendar appointments side-by-side with messages, which should help avoid doubling-booking, or missed events.

Google will also introduce a new feature, dubbed Confidential Mode.

According to technology blog The Verge, the new feature allows Gmail users to control what happens to their message after it is sent.

Gmail users who use Confidential Mode will be able to stop recipients from forwarding select emails.

It can also purportedly be used to prevent recipients from copying, downloading, or printing the content of the email.

This should allow users to place more trust in email, and send confidential information they might have previously avoided sending via Gmail.

It’s a hugely important feature.

Amongst other features, Confidential Mode allows users to set an expiry date on their email

Amongst other features, Confidential Mode allows users to set an expiry date on their email

Following the blockbuster update, Gmail users will also be able to require recipients enter a passcode (generated via SMS) to open their emails.

An expiry date – after which the email vanishes from the recipients’ inbox – is also possible in the redesigned Gmail app.

These features, which have been available in Microsoft’s Outlook desktop app for sometime now, should appeal to business users who want more granular controls over how emails are used by recipients.

Unfortunately, for all the precautions included in Gmail’s new Confidential Mode, it is impossible to prevent users from taking a screenshot of the contents of an email.

There’s currently no word on a final release date for the new Gmail, however, a message to early access testers hints at a launch date in the coming weeks.

In a statement to The Verge, Google revealed: “We’re working on some major updates to Gmail (they’re still in draft phase).

“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.”

The blockbuster Gmail upgrade comes as Google is expected to announce more big news in the coming weeks.

The search giant’s at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.

I/O brings together developers from around the globe for talks, hands-on learning with Google experts, and a first look at Google’s latest developer products.

The California-based company could also showcase updates to Google Chrome, Google Photos, Android Wear, Google Home, and more.

Last year, it focused on Google Assistant, Google Photos and standalone DayDream VR headsets.

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