Gmail’s New Compose Is Now Default, Soon All Users Will Be Required To Use It [Updates]

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Google announced on Thursday that Gmail’s new compose window feature will become the default option for users, and that it will do away with the old compose option soon thereafter. With the recent termination of Reader, Google has already been in the doghouse for some technology users, and if you’re not a fan of the new compose, this is yet another feature you’re going to have to give up on.

If you haven’t noticed any changes to your Gmail account yet, this is due to the update tolling out over the “next few days”, but you will soon find that you’ve been switched to the new compose, whether you chose to or not. The new compose window will eventually be the only option for users to write email, but for the time being, you can switch back to the old compose experience.

Launched in October 2012, the new compose window allows users to create emails using an in-window pop-up while still viewing their inbox. This means users can write messages while reading the context of other emails, and can work on and minimize multiple drafts to the bottom of the browser’s window.

After looking at user feedback, Google added new features to this upgraded version. These features include the ability to send files with Google Drive, a new pop-out replies option, starring and labeling while composing a message, and support for the Canned Responses lab. The new compose feature also has a special function for replying to emails. As expected, it appears just below your email threads, but it scales down the content inside so you can easily see your recipients and email controls.

Google has already requested for user feedback on Google+, and replies include a fair mix of negative and positive responses. Likewise, we asked you about the new Gmail compose experience in December, and back then, many of you were still unsure about it.

Now that new compose is a default setting for Gmail, how do you feel about it? Do you think it is better or worse than the old version?

Source: Gmail Blog

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Comments (39)
  • henricus deiters

    i find this new feature quit confusing and unpractical to use
    the programmers should go for a more simple userfriendly version close to the old version…

  • JacobC

    Like most people, I HATE the new compose feature. It will eliminate all business use of Gmail and leave only 12-year-olds who have nothing relevant to say. It perpetuates the myth of multitasking; no one, ever, does multiple things at once very efficiently. The tiny compose box (even in so-called “fullscreen” mode) looks incredibly unprofessional and is ridiculously unwieldy for business communication. If Google wants only to market to children, it will soon discover that millions of its users are not children, as they migrate to more business-friendly services.

  • john

    I hate the new compose experience. Funny how people who are soooo loud about freedom and choice will then make something like this mandatory. Why not offer the option to use the “new reply / compose experience,” rather than forcing us to use it?

    Now I have to look around and find a new email provider…maybe go back to Yahoo. Can’t stand the stuff that Google’s doing…

  • Greg

    Arrrgh!

    I tried this in beta, but got frustrated and returned to the “old” way…

    Then I tried it when it was under general release, but got frustrated AND returned to the “old” way…

    Now they are FORCING me to change, and I’m not happy.

    Google, you suck!

  • James Lampert

    So far as I can determine, it does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to address the worst problems with GMail’s web interface, and only makes them worse:

    To wit: GMail makes it difficult (indeed, damn near impossible) to be certain of how much quoted text you’re including, especially on a tablet; it damn-near FORCES you to top-post (which is considered EXTREMELY rude in some circles); it makes it difficult to be certain you’re sending pure text (HTML is for web pages, NOT for email; HTML email is EVIL).

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