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GmailGoogle introduced on Wednesday a fresh look for Gmail on its desktop, Android, and iOS apps. The changes are not cosmetic – the focus is on better email organization and management. This is the vaunted arena where every email application is pitting itself against the other, and while Gmail had remained comparatively unadventurous, the new updates promise much.

The new inbox introduces tabs, into which you can group your emails just like categories. From Google’s blog, it appears that there will be five tabs into which you can organize specific emails, and you can choose which tab among the five to display at any time, or display none of them. The tabs are: Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates, and Forums. The tab names are pretty self-explanatory, Primary being the one where all your important emails comes in.  In Gmail for Android 4.0+ and Gmail for iPhone and iPad, the first screen will be Primary email and then you can easily navigate to the other tabs.

So far, an option to create your own tabs does not seem to be available. The tabs can be customized to show emails from particular senders and emails can be shifted from one tab to the other with a simple drag and drop. And yes, if you don’t like the new organization, Gmail does allow you to retain the old classic look by switching off the new feature.

The update will be rolled out gradually to all users. If you’d like to try out the new inbox on Desktop sooner, keep an eye on the gear menu in Gmail and select Configure inbox when it appears in the Settings options.

The new interface’s success will depend on the effectiveness of Gmail’s algorithm to sort emails. If you get it first, do tell us if the change helps you get more organized, or whether your individual filters still come out on top.


Source: Gmail Blog

  1. Tom Six
    May 31, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    I this is something I can use!

  2. Tom Six
    May 31, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    This is perfect, just what I was looking for!

  3. Avish Kansakar
    May 31, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I think it is time for me to move away from my outlook account (previously hotmail), been using it for years but with the recent overhaul it does look clean and pretty but there are so many problems with outlook that i personally found to be very annoying. Some emails that you direct to a certain folder just pop up outside in the inbox. Keeping newsletters/promos has been a hassle for me because of this problem. Only reason I am stuck on hotmail was that I have been using it as my primary email to sign up for other websites and services. I will try gmail and see how good it is, if it is easier then I am switching.

  4. Balamurugan R
    May 31, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    been expecting for a long time... hope its a good one...

  5. Sean Dent
    May 31, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    It's great, but I do agree with Dragonmouth. Let us define our tabs. I mean, we almost can. I've set up the forums tab as my "important mail" tab. The only thing that's missing is the ability to name it "important mail". Google more and more seems like a company that gets great ideas and then leaves out the finishing touches. It's like the initial excitement passes and they get bored and move on to another great idea.

  6. Rajaa Chowdhury
    May 31, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Just enabled it. Thanks Saikat.

  7. Thomas Milham
    May 31, 2013 at 6:45 am

    YAY!! Already enabled for me! Thanks MakeUseOf for telling me!

  8. Ksavai
    May 31, 2013 at 6:25 am

    Want the new Gmail?

    Open up your normal Gmail click on the cog in the top right corner, select configure inbox and boom!

  9. dragonmouth
    May 30, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Big, Fat, Hairy Deal!

    I'm still waiting for something as simple as the ability to sort on columns (Sender, Subject, Date). Many other email clients have had that for years.

    For better mail organization instead of giving us 5 Google defined tabs, gives us Folders that WE, the users, can define. I don't need or want to divide my mail into Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates, and Forums. Other than Primary, the other tabs are useless to me. I want to separate my mail by Sender. The Labels option does not make it. It does not automatically move the email to the LABEL, I still have to do it manually. A big waste of time.

    • Brad
      May 31, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      You can do this already, look back at your filter and click the "Skip the Inbox" option to have it appear in that label, but not your main inbox.

      • dragonmouth
        May 31, 2013 at 4:17 pm

        Thanks for the tip, Brad. I'll try it but I still would like to have folders. :-)

  10. vishvas nayi
    May 30, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    this will be perfect for me because my current outlook inbox is so full i miss the things I should be looking at because its been buried by all the daily deals and newsletter. having the tabs which separate everything will be perfect and means I'll be moving to gmail and finally have more control over my inbox!

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