Gmail’s started rolling out the new integrated Gmail design this week, provided Chat is turned on. With Chat switched off, the new appearance will still appear, but only in Gmail (Chat, Meet, Spaces).
The new design won’t appear for everyone today, but it will soon. If you don’t like it, visit Settings and look under Quick Settings for “Go back to the original Gmail view.” Enjoy Google’s old design while you can.
Google also released a video showing Gmail’s 18-year growth.
29-June-UPDATE: Google stated yesterday that the new Gmail interface is opt-out (Opens in a new window). More users will experience the new appearance in Gmail. If you don’t like it, you may switch back in the options menu.
Before going back, remember that the classic layout option will gone, so get used to Google’s new email client. Or find an alternative.
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Google’s new Gmail look will go out next week, integrating email, video calls, chat, and content sharing.
Users can opt into the new experience starting Feb. 8. (Opens in a new window). Non-members will receive the update by default in April and can revert via Settings.
By Q2 2022, Gmail’s improvements will be the only alternative. Simultaneously, Chat web (mail.google.com/chat) will have simpler navigation.
When enabled, the new navigation menu lets you switch between your inbox, critical discussions, and meetings without switching tabs or windows.
The present UI is cluttered with Mail, Chat, Spaces, and Meet apps. Google’s redesign consolidates each tool into a single symbol, helping users focus. The new navigation panel enables switching between discussions and video calls easy without leaving the tab or window. Notification bubbles alert you to incoming emails and chats.
Integrated view is available to Google Workspace Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Fundamentals, Education Plus, Frontline, Nonprofits, and G Suite Basic and Business subscribers.