We’ve been following the progress of Google’s Gmail interface refresh since February, and the company says it’s now available to all Gmail users. As part of the overall experience, the redesign brings Meet, Chat, and Spaces closer together and incorporates elements from Google’s Material Design 3.
It doesn’t stop there, claiming that later this year we can expect improvements to Gmail for tablet users, better emoji support, and more accessibility features, among other things.
If you use Gmail for work, it is possible that it has already been applied to your account. Those who simply cannot stand the change can opt out and return to the old look, at least for the time being. If you don’t have Chat enabled, you’ll still get the new look, but it will be in a Gmail-only view by default. If you don’t use any of those apps, you can disable or enable them from the Quick Settings menu.
If you want to change back, Google’s instructions are simple:
- At the top right, click Settings.
- Under Quick Settings, click Go back to the original Gmail view.
- In the new window, click Reload.
The updated UI consolidates the Mail, Meet, Spaces, and Chat buttons into a single list at the top of the left rail, rather than displaying several conversations from each in a list. They’re still easily accessible without having everything on the screen at once, and you can quickly jump into a conversation in any one section by hovering over its icon, which will bring up a list.
The changes are part of Google’s overall new approach to the Workspace suite (including Docs, Sheets, and so on), which is supposed to provide a more unified style and new AI-powered features like the recently announced Gmail search improvements. /Freedom Tech