Set expiration dates and password requirements on your sensitive emails. Gmail.com is soon getting its first redesign in seven years, and with that new look comes some new features. We've already heard about new side panels for Google Calendar, Google Keep, and Google Tasks, and now we're getting word of another new feature: self-destructing emails. TechCrunch has screenshots detailing the feature from the pre-release version of Gmail. In the compose window, there's a new lock icon called "Confidential Mode. " When clicked, a message pops up saying, "Options to forward, download or copy this email's contents and attachments will be disabled." The sender can then pick an expiration date for the email, and optionally require an SMS passcode to open the email. The compose window also switches to a blue color scheme, letting the user know they're not just sending a normal message. TechCrunch's test email was sent from a new Gmail user to a user on the old Gmail client, so a link was formed. Hopefully, if both people are on the redesigned version of Gmail, the message will just appear, and the Gmail client can handle the confidentiality requirements in the background. Google says Gmail.com's big redesign will be out "in the coming weeks," and we hope to hear more about it at Google I/O.
Gmail on the web is getting a big update in the coming weeks with a new design and features, but Google is also introducing a new Confidential Mode. The Verge revealed the new design earlier this week, alongside features like quick reply to emails, the ability to snooze emails until later, and a new sidebar to place calendar appointments side by side with messages. Weve now learned Google will also introduce Confidential Mode, which lets Gmail users stop recipients from forwarding certain emails, or restricts the ability to copy, download, or print them. Google will also let Gmail users require a passcode to open emails, which will be generated via SMS, or set an expiration date on sent emails. The features are very similar to some found in Microsofts full Outlook application, and Microsoft is also adding the ability to restrict emails on its Outlook.com service. These features will largely appeal to businesses that want more control over how emails are used by recipients, but they wont stop people from taking a screenshot or a photo of an email. Google has confirmed its Gmail update is coming soon, and a message to an early access program revealed that it should be available in the coming weeks. Googles I/ O developer conference starts on May 8th this year, and its likely that this new Gmail design will be part of the show, alongside some updates to other Google web services.