Gmail now alerts you when you are about to send email to a co-worker who is out of office

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Google has added a small but important update to Gmail—an update that will save you the pain of waiting endlessly for a co-worker to respond to an urgent email. The new update, according to Google, will alert you when next you want to send an email to a co-worker who just stepped out of the office.

Instead of getting an automatic reply when you send an email to such a colleague, a new feature in Gmail and Calendar has now been added to alert you ahead of composing that mail. Before you hit the compose button, Google will alert you—saving you stress and time in the process.

You will see a new yellow banner at the bottom of the email or chat composer to let you know the person is out of office. This new yellow light has now been added to both Gmail and Hangouts chat. That said, people would need to have created an out of office entry in their calendar—this will enable Google to know that they are away from the office and unable to reply to urgent emails.

The function, according to Android Police, will be available for users by default. Users can, however, disable it in the calendar settings-> Access permissions-> Show calendar info in other Google apps, limited by permissions.

The feature is currently no available for all users, but G Suite users can access it. However, the feature will be available to all users by September, Android Police reports.

In other Gmail news, Google is adding the ability to switch accounts by simply swiping. Though, swipe to switch accounts on mobile has been available on iOS for a while, it is just being added to Android.

Version 2019.08.18 allows you to swipe to switch accounts on Android. You can swipe up or down on your profile picture at the top right of the interface. This simple step allows you to switch in-between accounts—and it speeds up access to your accounts. You can also still tap on your profile picture to select from a list of accounts that have been added—so, it is an additional option for everyone.

If you are like me with multiple accounts, you now have access to each of them with so much ease. The same thing applies to Contact—the static interface elements remain where they are, while your image and email fade out.

The feature is already rolling out in the Play Store to all users. Not everyone has spotted the swipe feature yet, but that might change any moment from now. As with Google, some of these new features could take a couple of more days depending on the region sometimes and other factors.


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Author: Ola Ric

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