Gmail is now introducing a new interface that by default shows the Chat and Meet sections in the side panel. introduced by Google this new integrated view Earlier this year through opt-in options, requiring you to manually enable the chat and meet sections. However, as the new phase of the rollout begins, the company will force you to opt out if you want the classic Gmail view.
According to Google, the change will be rolled out for both Google Workspace customers and users with personal Google accounts. This includes Google Workspace Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Fundamentals, Education Plus, Frontline and Nonprofits, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers and individual Google Workspace users.
Only Google Workspace Essentials customers or Workspace customers who have only been granted access to Gmail and no other apps will not see the change.
“Starting today, we’re rolling out the opt-out experience to a segment of Gmail users. This means that select users will see the new Gmail experience by default, but will still have the option to do so Go back to classic Gmail from the settings menu. As we continue to roll out this new experience, the new Gmail view will continue to be available for users who choose to enable it through Quick Settings,” the company said in a blog post.
Google said it’s introducing an option in the quick settings menu that lets you disable Chat or Meet so you can quickly hide areas you’re not interacting with. Currently this switch is located under Settings > Chat and Meet.
Google introduces a neat material you Redesign also for Gmail end users. The compose button is now a square-cornered rectangle, replacing the pill-shaped button. There’s also a new tint for the compose button, sidebar, and reading email.
Along with this announcement, Google is introducing a new feature in Meet that allows you to see the RSVP status of all attendees on the meeting screen and use the chat feature to contact people who have accepted the invitation but are not yet at the attend meeting. Ideally, Google should have also included an option to quickly send them an email reminder just in case they’re not using the chat.
The announcement of the redesign rollout comes days after the company announced that it will cause everyone to do so Hangouts users can go to Chat in Gmail or the Chat app.
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