Google adds email snoozing, confidential mode and more to Gmail


Google has overhauled one of its most powerful services—Gmail email. The world’s most used and most popular email service is now spotting a new design, confidential mode, email snoozing among several other changes rolled out today.

Here is a rundown of some of the newly rolled out features to Gmail:

Confidential mode: This new feature allows you to set an expiration date for all your sensitive email. What that means is that the email can be revoked at the expiration of a set date. This works by sending a link instead of the confidential email directly to the recipient. The sent link leaves your mailbox from where the recipient is able to access it via his Gmail account or another email service. The sender is always in charge of how long the recipient gets to access the message—it’s all about putting a time-limit on the access granted to the other party.

Two-factor authentication: Still under the confidential mode, Google has added a two-factor authentication feature. The feature allows the sender to request the receiver to authenticate with a passcode received via text message before access to the email is granted. This will now be the norm for all confidential emails you send.

Email snoozing: This is one feature that is gaining a lot of attention these days—a lot of email services are now adopting. Not to be undone by others, email snoozing has now been integrated into Gmail. For now, email snoozing is only available on Gmail on the web. Perhaps, we could yet see this feature added to the Gmail app in no-distant future.

Native offline mode: Google has added a native offline mode to Gmail—making it easier for frequent business travelers to always have access to their mailbox.

High-priority notifications [Gmail app]: The Gmail app was not left out as Google today unveiled high-priority notifications. To those already familiar with Inbox, this feature uses Google’s artificial intelligence to choose which email you will want to accord greater priority and the one you want to read later.


Unsubscribe prompt: A one-tap unsubscribe prompt has also been added to the Gmail app. This is one useful feature in those times when you need to quickly unsubscribe from some newsletters without visiting their sites.

There is even more, but you may have to visit the Google blog to check everyone of them out. This is about the biggest change ever made to the Gmail service since it hit the limelight some years ago.

Google recently launched  a plugin that allows employers interact with potential employees within Gmail. HRs and companies can now interact with potential employees or applicants within Gmail. What that means is that recruiters no longer need to switch between apps. The new plugin comes with direct communications and moving applicants along various vetting stages of the hiring process.

Once you add the plugin to your Gmail account, you can then proceed to add candidates to hire without exiting your inbox. It works by clicking the add-on to get more info about the applicant’s status as soon as you receive an email.

Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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