Upcoming Gmail redesign will also herald the arrival of self-destructing emails

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Before we get to that, what we know so far is that the revamped Gmail could launch in the next few weeks and will perhaps be part of the Google I/O developers conference on May 8.

There have also been other reports which inform us about the new Gmail UI. Other features said to be on the cusp of debuting include a "snooze" option that lets users temporarily send emails back out of their inbox until they're ready to deal with them, as well as a "smart reply" feature for the web version of Gmail that automatically suggests boilerplate email responses; this option is already available for mobile. The publication's report notes that email services have to be compatible with multiple email providers and email clients. "But it doesn't seem to be stopping Google as the company is now evolving beyond the simple POP3/IMAP/SMTP protocols", the report reads.

Credit: The VergeThe tool, denoted with a lock icon in leaked images obtained by TechCrunch, will allow you to set a date for when the email will self-destruct.

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Instead, Gmail sends the recipient a dummy email with a hyperlink to the actual self-expiring message, which is what actually disappears when time expires. However, the feature is still under development, as the option "Learn More" now redirects to a blank page. Recipients will then receive an e-mail that requires them to click a link and input their Google credentials to view the e-mail. The recipient will not be able to take a print out of this email or can not copy/paste the content as well. Google has confirmed it will be rolling out a new version of its email application, Gmail, in the spring of 2018.

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The new design changes implemented in Gmail have been awaited by very many people for a long time and, now, they will be implemented to bring an improved user experience. Google has not mentioned end-to-end encryption anywhere, which means the company is most likely to stick with non-encrypted emails. It is unclear if the "confidential" expiring mails will be end-to-end encrypted. Google also noted it would give more information about the eventual shutdown of the Gmail Offline Chrome app in an upcoming G Suite Updates blog post.