Gmail to Bring Self-Destructing Email Feature to the Platform

Ruben Fields
April 15, 2018

Google says offline support will be available following the EAP announcement: "We previously announced that we're moving Chrome apps, like Gmail Offline, to the web". Apparently, the new self-destructing emails feature which will allow the users to put a timestamp to their mails after which the email won't be available anymore has been termed as the "Confidential Mode" in Gmail. The caveat here is that such email won't be forwardable. As the G Suite email, regular Gmail users along with G Suite customers will have to opt-in into a new Early Adopter Program to access the new Gmail.

What is also unclear at this point is whether the feature will work with other email accounts or only for emails sent to other Gmail users. The recipient will not be able to take a print out of this email or can not copy/paste the content as well.

Among the many features that were spotted earlier this week, TechCrunch reports that a Confidential Mode will also be introduced which will allow users to choose whether they want the recipient to be able to forward the email content, restrict them from copy and pasting, downloading or printing them, and even choose if they want the email to self-destruct. Google sent a mail to G Suite administrators informing that the tech giant is launching a fresh design of the Gmail web interface with "several new features". The passcode can be sent to the recipient's phone via a text message. Users will be able to select a date when the email will expire, after which the receiver will no longer be able to see the email.

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The features are nearly similar to some of the features found in Microsoft's full Outlook application as Microsoft is also adding the ability to restrict emails on its Outlook.com service.

The new version of Gmail will also show a lock icon which would be placed in the compose box in order to activate the Confidential Mode. According to new reports by TechCrunch, the email service will receive an improved design and look, which seem to be aimed at achieving a better sense of minimalism.

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