Google accidentally (or maybe not) published a video on the company's official YouTube video channel that introduced the new Gmail interface.
The video has been set to private shortly thereafter but viewers were quick enough to save it and re-publish it on YouTube.
The video announcement highlights many upcoming Gmail design changes and features.
This includes a new look and feel that looks very similar to the Google Plus interface, and other new features like Gmail's ability to adapt automatically to the windows size in which it is displayed.
Users who resize the Gmail window will notice that the relevant information, for instance the sender, subject and date of each email in the inbox, are always visible on screen.
The options button at the top right leads to additional display density options. The default comfortable setting uses big margins and whitespace areas between posts which users can reduce by switching to the cozy or compact display density options.
Another new feature is the slider that allows users to increase or decrease the label or chat area on the left sidebar.
Google has uploaded new high resolution themes that users can switch to.
Conversations have been redesigned to improve readability. You will also notice that profile pictures have been added if available.
Google has updated search as well. If you are a Gmail user you know that search consists of just a single form that you can use to search.
The new search comes with filters that include from, to and subjects as well as words, attachments and date fields which looks similar to the menu that is displayed when you set up filters on Gmail.
Filters can now also be created right from the search box. You can see the video with all the changes discussed in this news article below.
There is no official word yet on the availability of the new features but it is likely that they will be rolled out soon.
I'm not really affected by the changes as I'm using Thunderbird as my main email client. If you are a Gmail web interface user, what's your take on the changes announced in the video? (via)
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