Google's upcoming Gmail re-design will include a confidential mode

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Google's upcoming Gmail re-design will include a confidential mode

G Suite customers apparently received word about this Gmail redesign - so check your inbox ASAP because there's another important feature to take note of: emails self-destruct.

Google is providing three new layouts to choose from, including a default view that highlights attachments like documents and photos, a comfortable view that doesn't highlight attachments, and a compact view that increases the amount of messages you can see on a single page. Here's what you need to know. That means there will still be a record of users sending and receiving self-destructing emails, but not necessarily any info on what was contained in the message.

Yes, but not in the way you think.

In what is called "confidential mode", Gmail will let users set an expiration date on emails so that, after a certain point, recipients can't forward, copy, download or print these messages. The new design includes some subtle elements of Google's Material Design, and a number of new features that were originally introduced for Google's Inbox overhaul of Gmail. However, unlike similar features in Proton Mail, self-destructing messages in Google don't simply delete themselves like you'd expect.

With all these added security functions, users can also configure the expiration date of an email so that it will disappear after a week, month or even after a few years. Also, since the mode appears within the compose screen, it won't be a cumbersome process for users to make any of their emails self-destructing.

Shortly after reports of a new Gmail design, we now have a sneak peek at the new look of Google's email service, courtesy of our friends from Android Authority and The Verge.

Google has confirmed that the launch is near, but they haven't released specifics at this time. The new features are welcome additions, but they will not get in the way of how Gmail works right now. This new security feature will give you, the sender, more control.

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