New Gmail interface migration begins in October with no option to opt-out
Almost everyone uses Gmail, either on the phone or on the web. While smartphones have made people use email more than before, the web version of the email service still boasts millions of users. If you are one of them, you should know that the new Gmail interface migration begins from October 2018.
This includes regular users and GSuite subscribers. The new Gmail version which is currently in the Early Adopter Program (EAP), introduced a lot of new features including Smart Replies, Snoozing mails, inline buttons to delete, archive and mark as read.
It appears that Google is mixing the best features from its Gmail mobile app and the Inbox mail service, and bringing them to the new Gmail.
And there is some bad news for fans of the current Gmail interface. You will not be able to opt-out of the new interface.
Google says that the General Availability of the new UI will begin in July. This is when GSuite admins will be able to decide what happens.
- You can choose to immediately switch users to the new Gmail. Your users can still opt-out for a while.
- You can give your users the choice to opt-in to the new Gmail, and opt-out.
- Set a waiting period of 4 weeks during which users will not have the option to opt-in to the new version.
And about 12 weeks (sometime in October) after the General Availability begins in July, users who have opted out will find that the new Gmail interface migration is live for them, and they will not be able to opt out. Users who have already migrated to the new Gmail will also lose the option to opt out.
Regardless of whether you choose to give your users an opt-in option, the new Gmail launching in General Availability will respect your EAP configurations, so settings for features like Gmail Offline and Confidential Mode will be disabled by default.
This is more or less a hint from Google, to advise users that the new Gmail interface migration begins from October, whether you like it or not. So, you might as well switch to it now and get used to it. To be honest, we think the new UI is pretty cool with an almost email-client like experience, but we get that not everyone will like it. Say goodbye to Gmail classic view.
A few weeks ago, Google introduced the new @mentions in Gmail for web. We can expect more features to roll out to the service.