Gmail's big update on the web won't just be a visual and productivity treat, it'll also apparently be a more secure one courtesy of a new Confidential Mode. This goes a long way towards ensuring that your email is only accessed by the person who you intended it for. That's right, Google is taking a page out of the "Mission Impossible" playbook with this feature, which should be helpful when sending sensitive or confidential information over email that could potentially end up in the wrong hands. In addition, the sender is given the option to set an expiration time/date for the email ranging from hours to years. "You can also ask your recipient to confirm their identity with a passcode sent via text message". Furthermore, it will have much better integrations with Google's other services like a sidebar for appointments, Google Tasks, and more. A new snooze feature also lets you temporarily remove emails from your inbox until a certain time, so you can avoid certain email threads until you're ready to reply. The compact view is the most similar to the existing Gmail design, allowing existing users to keep a similar layout.
While we still don't have a launch date, the new Gmail is expected to make its first official appearance at the company's annual developer conference next month on 8th. You'll be able to specify how long your email sits in the recipient's inbox before it is deleted automatically. This might not be a problem in practical terms, considering the fact that the message will still be unreadable, but it's a little different than deleting an old email completely. Expected to be launched in weeks, it's now being tested within Google and with select partners. This includes disallowing emails from being forwarded, printed, downloaded or copied.
Will my emails self-destruct?