Gmail has certainly come a long way from when it was first announced. For many people, it's an essential part of modern online experience.
As one of Google's flagship products, Gmail has always been fast and easy-to-use. However, a couple of new features have been introduced to the platform that makes it even faster and allows its users to become even more productive daily.
In an official Google Cloud blog, Jacob Bank, director of Product Management for G Suite, detailed two new Gmail features that make the e-mail platform not only smarter but also more reliable. According to Bank, this move is part of an effort to continuously improve the email user experience for everybody.
"Email is at the heart of what drives businesses," he explained. "Whether you've used Gmail for the past 15 years or for the past 15 days, we want to thank you for taking this journey with us and we look forward to making email even smarter and more useful for you."
Smarter And More Personal
The first new feature is called Smart Compose, which is best described as assistive e-mail on the go. The other is the ability to schedule messages so that they are written way before getting sent out.
Of these two, it could be argued that the one that has the most impact is the ability to schedule outgoing messages. As Engadget points out, it will offer a good way to delay certain messages from arriving at the inbox of recipients before they have made it back to the office. In other words, it's a way to respect out-of-office hours and to send e-mails only when they are likely to be read.
Meanwhile, Smart Compose is a new feature that will rely on Artificial Intelligence to learn and adapt to the way that users type out e-mails. The example brought up by Google is quite simple and straightforward: if a person prefers to start an e-mail out by typing "Hey" as a greeting, then it will be noted and used as a standard in most, if not all e-mails.
General Usability Enhancements
At least one other change was mentioned in the announcement, and that is users can now perform certain actions a lot quicker while they're inside individual e-mail messages. These include responding to comment threads on Google Docs, scheduling meetings, and even filling out questionnaires.
All in all, Gmail users more than welcome these changes to the platform. Google promises that even more changes are on the way, so users can expect things to get even better in the future.