Google debuts a standalone to-do app, Google Tasks

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Earlier this month, Google was reportedly testing some new features for Gmail and was planning a major overhaul for the service for web users. You can revert to the old style the same way.

What new stuff can you do?

Google has also transformed Tasks which was a to-do list tool that has been hidden in Gmail since 2008. Gmail will also recommend when to unsubscribe to mailing lists based on cues like how many emails you get from a sender compared to how many of them you actually read.

Anything that's unread but not been responded to, Gmail will "nudge" users about, highlighting the age of the message next to it in yellow text and asking whether users would like to reply.

Cosmetic changes bring Gmail's website in line with Office by placing Google's calendar, tasks and note-taking services within the same page as emails.

Gmail will now tell you to follow up and respond to messages that you've been putting off.

Smart Reply is another new feature for Gmail on the web which will allow customers to reply to messages faster and easier with a range of pre-selected replies to choose from.

High-priority notifications on mobile for those important messages.

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The standard Gmail service now comes with a "snooze" button, to put off emails to a later date or move to apps such as Google Calendar, Tasks and Keep. The new web version of Gmail has been created to look a lot more like the mobile app versions, as Google looks to adopt a consistent design language across platforms.

How will the new Gmail be received?

How can you get the new Gmail interface? The changes include snoozing, hover actions and a brand new sidebar. The new features deal with security, confidentiality, better usability among other things.

Potentially iffy messages will be marked with prominent red warnings once opened, with the option to delete it.

Google is hoping that the new additions like confidential mode and 2FA on a per-message basis will cut down a hacker's ability to access sensitive information, particularly at large organizations. Confidential mode gives you the power to remove forwarding, copying, downloading or printing rights and set a time limit in which the message will expire, or self-destruct.

Say you're about to share data with somebody that you wouldn't want to be forwarded, copied, downloaded, or printed. Instead of the email message, your inbox will receive a link to access the confidential message. Google will surface contextual replies for emails that don't need much thought, allowing you to deal with a barrage of emails with little effort. On a 13.3-inch Apple MacBook Pro, the old Gmail shows more emails in all three display modes.

Gmail users will start seeing the new features as they roll out in the coming weeks.

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