Gmail is now rolling out a new user interface that displays standard Chat and Meet sections in the side panel. Google introduced this new integrated display earlier this year via opt-in options, so you had to manually enable the Chat and Meet windows. However, as the new phase of the rollout begins, the company will force you to opt out if you want the classic Gmail look.
Google says the change is rolling out to 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 Google Workspace Individual users.
Only Google Workspace Essentials customers will not see the change, or those Workspace customers who have only been able to access Gmail and no other apps.
“Starting today, we’re introducing the opt-out experience to a segment of Gmail users. This means certain users will see the new Gmail experience by default, but they still have the option to: back to classic Gmail via the settings menu† As we continue to roll out this new experience, the new Gmail view will also remain available to users who wish to enable it through Quick Settings,” the company said in a statement. a blog post†
Google said it is introducing an option in the quick settings menu that lets you disable Chat or Meet so you can quickly hide sections you don’t interact with. Currently, this switch is located below Settings > Chat & Meeting†
Google is also introducing a nice Material You redesign for Gmail end users. The compose button is now a rectangle with square corners, replacing the pill-shaped button. Plus, there’s a new shade for the compose button, side panel, and reading emails.
Along with this announcement, Google is introducing a new feature in Meet that allows you to see the RSVP status of all participants on the meeting screen and use the chat feature to contact people who have accepted the invitation but don’t want to join the meeting yet. . Ideally, Google should also have added an option to send them a quick email reminder in case they don’t use Chat.
The announcement of the rollout of the redesign comes days after the company said it will ask all Hangouts users to go to Chat in Gmail or the Chat app.