Back in July Google announced new looks across all its
online portals including calendars, documents and mail but it’s only now that
Google has rolled out the new-look Gmail to everyone.
The new-look Gmail has been rolled out around the world in
the past 24 hours and we’ve been having a look at some of the new features this
morning. While the changes aren’t apparent immediately when you click the
little button to switch, once you go a little deeper the differences become
One of the main changes is in the conversation view, which has been redesigned “in order to help you read through your email threads.” When you click on
a thread, you’ll now see profile pictures of your contacts and a lot of the
clutter has been stripped away, which is certainly a welcome development.
A new settings button on the top right of the page allows
you to quickly change the density of the emails which you view at any one time
from “comfortable” to “compact”. This is a nice change, meaning you don’t have
to go into the main settings menu all the time.
Themes have also been given a tweak with new HD images now
provided by iStockphoto. Again this can be easily accessed via the new settings
The navigation panel on the right has been given an overhaul
too and allows you to dynamically alter how much of your labels and/or chat you
see at any one time. More importantly for us however is the ability to now hide
your chat contacts completely via a tab below your contacts.
The “Search the web” button has been removed in the new
look, and there are some people for which this will be a step backwards.
However Google has updated the Gmail search and via a dropdown menu a more
advanced search panel appears. One of the nicest features means that you will
be able to create a filter from any search you carry out with just a couple of clicks.
Overall the new look is certainly an advance in terms of
features and functions but whether it is an improvement aesthetically will be a
personal thing. Let us know in the comments below what you thing of the new
Source: The Official Google Blog