Redesigned by Google, Gmail that was released for testing in early 2022 will now become the default setting for users worldwide.
The company has announced (opens in a new tab) that a visual update to the email service “becomes standard” in November, months after consent was given.
Google says there will be “no way” to go back to Classic View, and users will now have to settle for a refreshed UI that offers Chat, Spaces and Meet integration as well as a more general visual overhaul.
Gmail 2022 update
With so many businesses turning to Google Workspace for productivity tools, the plethora of communication channels can be a bit overwhelming.
With this update, the company hopes to make it easier for users to jump between sending email and more personal messages via chat and Spaces, as well as joining video calls in Meet.
For many, this update may not be here or there as users will still be able to navigate to separate Chat and Meet websites for more detailed views of the respective services, however this deeper integration could be a sign of what is to come, and potentially one and a more rounded platform for all communication channels.
For now, like in previous versions of the Gmail web app, the right sidebar still contains shortcuts to other Google services like Calendar, Tasks, and Keep.
Effects have already started to appear in the Rapid Release domains, while the domains of the planned release will have to wait another two weeks.
Other recent Gmail updates have placed a heavy emphasis on improving search results, and machine learning helps display more relevant information and contacts.