After giving us a preview several months ago, Gmail is now launching its brand new look and will automatically update all accounts soon. The new look is keeping up with other Google+ themed changes that have been happening all over Google products (like Reader, for example), and comes packed with new features on top of the aesthetic changes.
The change will happen automatically for everyone, but if you can’t wait or just want to see what it’s all about, you can choose to switch by clicking the “Switch to the new look” link on the right side of your Gmail screen (if you use the Gmail tasks feature on the right side of your screen, you will have to close it to see the link).
One of the most prominent changes is to the themes. Gmail has got a brand new set of themes, and the one you’ve been using is most likely gone, so be prepared for a real change when you switch to the new look. Google has chosen a clean, straight-lined look which resembles Google+, and the old toolbars have been changed into icon-based ones.
Among the new features you’ll also find an improved conversation view complete with profile pictures, a new, customizable search box, more control over the content you see (like labels, chat, etc.) and adjustability to monitors of different sizes.
Watch this short video for a recap of the changes to Gmail:
For now, you can go back to the old look if you don’t like it, but it won’t stay available for long. Let us know what you think of it in the comments below. A big improvement or a horrible mess?
Source: Gmail Blog