In a few days the Gmail web client will have a new integrated interface


The first advances date back to last year, but finally there we are: the web client Gmail is about to revamp itself with a new, more feature-rich user interface.

The entire upgrade path illustrated from Google will start already the next week, but then it will unfold over the following weeks and months to be completed by the end of Q2 2022.

Gmail: what changes and why

The changes are explained by Google: «We are introducing a new integrated interface for Gmail, which makes it easier to move between mission-critical applications like Gmail, Chat and Meet in one place.“.

The starting point of this renewal is the new sidebar on the left side which includes large icons and in the now usual “pill” shape for Gmail, Google Chat, Google Meet and Spaces. At the bottom of the screen it is also possible to quickly find the chat heads recent.

The Mountain View giant explained in these terms the reason for the novelty:

When activated, the new navigation menu allows users to easily move between their emails, important conversations and join meetings without having to switch to another tab or open a new window.“.

According to Google, the new ones notification bubbles serve the purpose of Avoid distractions to the user, allowing him to stay focused on what he is doing. For example, when working in Chat and Spaces, you have a view of the complete list of conversations and Spaces in a single screen, which makes it easier to navigate and engage.

When you are at work in your inbox, however, you have a view of the full range of options and labels currently available in Gmail, obviously starting from the “Write” button (now no longer red but blue). A closer eye will also notice the graphical updating of the user interface, with many more elements with rounded corners.

To accompany all this, Google adds a important note: once the new experience will have become the standard, users will lose the option that currently allows you to configure Chat to appear to the right of Gmail.

Big G then promised another novelty – also related to the speech of theintegration of the various services – coming in the next months: by making use of the search bar at the top, users will get results including both emails and chats. This will make it easier for you to find what you need, eliminating the need for separate searches for each service.

Timing of release and availability

Google illustrated the timeline detailed release of the new Gmail web client interface.

Starting Tuesday February 8, 2022:

  • users will be able to participate in the test of the new user experience through a mechanism opt-in (with the possibility of returning to the classic interface via the settings).
  • Once the roll out has started, more details will be provided on the Workspace Updates Blog, with dedicated content in the Help Center.

Starting from the month of April 2022:

  • users who have not taken part in the test will start to see the new interface by default, but will be able to switch back to the classic one from the Gmail settings.

By the end of Q2 2022:

  • The new “integrated view”Will become the standard of Gmail and there will no longer be a chance to go back to the classic one.
  • The new browsing experience will also be made available in the Google Chat web client (mail.google.com/chat).

More information on the exact timing will be provided at a later time. On the speech relating to timing, however, affects the release path selected:

  • Quick release: gradual roll out (up to 15 days) starting from 8 February 2022.
  • Scheduled release: extended roll out (potentially more than 15 days for functions to appear) starting February 22, 2022.

Google points out that these changes will impact Workspace end users, without any control from administrators.

As for the availabilityfinally, the distinction between users according to the plans is fundamental. The news will be:

  • not available to Google Workspace Essentials users.
  • available to customers: Google Workspace Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Fundamentals, Education Plus, Frontline, Nonprofits, G Suite Basic and Business.

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