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Is Gmail Testing Self-Destructing Messages?

Google is planning to give Gmail a facelift and new security capabilities, including the ability to send email messages that delete themselves after a prescribed period, according to reports.

The new capabilities are coming to consumer Gmail; no word on when G Suite users will get them.

"Confidential Mode" will let Gmail users stop recipients from forwarding specific emails, and restricts the ability to copy, download or print them. Gmail users will be able to require a passcode to open emails generated via SMS, or set an expiration date, similar to capabilities already available on the Microsoft Outlook application, according to a report on the Verge. The features "won't stop people from taking a screenshot or a photo of an email," The Verge notes Friday.


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Other new features include cosmetic changes to bring Gmail up-to-date with its current application design guidelines, which Google calls "Material Design," and new features from its Inbox mail client. Users will get "smart replies," which provides suggestions on quickly replying to emails, and the ability to "snooze" emails, according to a report on The Verge Thursday.

An email sent to G Suite administrators confirmed that the redesign is coming, with improved access to G Suite apps, such as Google Calendar, from within Gmail; Smart Reply; email snoozing; and offline support.

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newstar 4/18/2018 | 1:35:12 PM
Gamil Gmail is  the best email I have used.
angelsong 4/18/2018 | 1:08:41 PM
Re: personal privacy At least, it can remind people to think about this thing.
angelsong 4/18/2018 | 1:07:41 PM
personal privacy There are much personal privacy in email. Gmail's innovation can help users to have more choice to deal with their secret.
angelsong 4/18/2018 | 1:02:47 PM
Re: Inescapable screenshot out of imagination, but interesting
angelsong 4/18/2018 | 12:59:36 PM
Re: Inescapable screenshot That's more senscitive for them
Joe Stanganelli 4/16/2018 | 9:56:17 PM
Re: Inescapable screenshot @Mitch/Michelle: I can see that being helpful for reminders of time-sensitive but not-yet-urgent emails... Personally, though, I like to use followupthen.com for that kind of thing, though. It's less automated, but that's kind of the point -- reinforcing my resolve to be open to the active reminder.
Joe Stanganelli 4/16/2018 | 9:54:56 PM
"Restricts" Emphasis on "restricts". This will wind up being about as effective as Snapchat's analog feature. Helpful, no doubt, but screenshots and other workarounds will abound.
Phil_Britt 4/16/2018 | 9:08:05 AM
Re: Inescapable screenshot Some politicians would love to have an email self-destruct feature. Perhaps a Twitter self-destruct feature, too.
Michelle 4/15/2018 | 5:05:50 PM
Re: Inescapable screenshot Ahh, I see. I'm sure that will be a very popular feature! Snooze should equal distruct, in my opinion ;) 
Mitch Wagner 4/15/2018 | 4:05:56 PM
Re: Inescapable screenshot Email snooze is making a message disappear from your inbox and reappear after a predetermined amount of time - a few hours, a day or two. 
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