New Update The new Gmail interface is becoming mandatory from today, no option to roll back

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Back in February, we learned that Gmail is finally getting a new user interface which borrows some elements from Microsoft Outlook. A few months later, Google made it an opt-in experience for those who wanted an early look at the revamp. And in July, it began rolling out this "integrated" UI to more customers with the option to revert to the old interface for those who didn't like the new look.

Today, the company has announced that Gmail's integrated view is here to stay and users will not be allowed to roll back to the previous version anymore.

Starting from today, the new Gmail UI will become the default experience. While Google is taking away the ability to revert to the original interface, it has assured users that they can still customize the theme, inbox type, and more in order to make themselves more comfortable with the revamped design.

For those unaware, the idea behind the new Gmail is to offer an integrated view that allows you to quickly access other Google apps like Chat and Meet directly from a single interface. Applications are neatly tucked away in the left pane whereas options for labels and emails are now shown in full next to them too. With the applications being in their new position, you don't need to switch between tabs or windows in order to use Chat or Meet, you can do that directly in the same browser window. Notification bubbles will also be shown for each application.

Since this is a staggered rollout, it may take up to 15 days for the new interface to become your default view, along with the axing of the rollback option.
 

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Google introduced a new interface for Gmail at the beginning of this month. Now, the email service is rolling out an improved search experience for your inbox.
The improved search feature in Gmail learns your search patterns, and uses it to filter the mails in order to deliver more relevant results. For example, if you searched for a specific contact's name, Gmail will remember that for subsequent searches. Instead of just looking at matches in last names, Gmail now analyzes the results that match the first name and email address of the person. It also takes into account your previous conversations with the contact, and how often you emailed them. This might be useful if you have multiple contacts with the same name, but only send emails to one of them. Gmail will recognize that your interactions with them are important, and prioritizes the contact as a top suggestion while you type your query in the search box.

Gmail's improved search also takes your recent activity in to account, i.e. it compares your recent searches to personalize the experience. There is no setting to tweak how the search function works, or to disable it.

There is a catch to the new feature. Gmail's contextual search will only work if you have enabled Web and App Activity in your Google account. You can manage the setting from this page. If you don't want to use the new search options, you may disable your account's web and app activity.
 

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