Gmail's new 'self-destructing' messages could protect private business emails

This is the new Gmail design

This is the new Gmail design

According to technology blog The Verge, the new feature allows Gmail users to control what happens to their message after it is sent. The letters will also be thinner.

Gmail users who use Confidential Mode will be able to stop recipients from forwarding select emails.

The expiring email feature works similar to the expiring emails feature in ProtonMail as the email becomes unreadable after sometime.

A new look - Gmail's visual presentation will be tweaked to bring it more in line with Google's Material Design philosophy.

For those of us who can't deal with the onslaught of messages in our inbox but really need to do not forget to reply to a certain message, Google will be offering some help in the form of a snooze button.

So far, the only potential answer is a link with the message, "This message was sent with Gmail's confidential mode" the sent email reads.

It is not for sure if this feature will be compatible with those recipients who are using a different email service. Instead, you will be invited to click on a link to view the email on a secured website. The recipient will have to log into their Google account to view it and you won't be able to copy and paste the message itself (although you can still apparently screen shot it). The interface, which combines the existing Gmail interface with some aspects of the "Inbox by Gmail" concept, includes direct access to Google Calendar from Gmail, as well as the AI-generated smart reply option that has been part of the mobile app version of Gmail since last May. The report says that Gmail will also be getting the ability to self-destruct an email. This icon will not only allow you to set an expiration date of a sent email but there's also a "Require Passcode" option that you can select if you want the recipient to confirm their identity with a passcode sent via SMS.

Snooze an email - You tag an email with a time stamp and it disappears from your inbox and reappears at the time you've chosen.

In times when privacy and confidentiality seem to be at risk, this new confidential mode could be a huge success among Gmail users.

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