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If you have an inbox constantly requiring attention, you’ll know how time-consuming it can be to reply to endless emails. Google wants to help, and its big new idea is Smart Compose for Gmail. Which should cut down the amount of time you spend writing emails.
Google recently rolled out the new and improved Gmail. The new Gmail boasts several new features, all designed to keep your inbox organized. And now, at Google I/O 2018, Google has unveiled another new feature for Gmail. This one is called Smart Compose.
Autocomplete for Emails
Smart Compose is basically Autocomplete for your emails. All you need to do is start composing an email, and Smart Compose will pop up with suggestions for finishing your sentences. You can then either carry on writing, or hit Tab to accept the suggestion.
In theory you could write a whole email tapping nothing other than Tab. There’s no guarantee your email will say what you want it to, but it should be free of typos. And Google is confident its machine learning algorithms will produce stellar results.
A new feature powered by AI, we're launching Smart Compose in @gmail to help you draft emails more quickly by providing interactive suggestions as you type ? https://t.co/nJIWG29M0T #io18 pic.twitter.com/DKjqDdl5ts
— Google (@Google) May 8, 2018
Smart Compose will recognize the subject of the email, and use other information to offer suggestions. It can take care of addresses and other mundane-but-necessary information, letting you focus on the other, more important things you want to say.
Smart Compose is due to rolling out to all Gmail users over the next few weeks. And G Suite customers will be able to access the feature within the next few months. Unfortunately for holdouts, you need to enable the new Gmail to use Smart Compose.
Just Keep Hitting Tab
Most people aren’t going to just keep hitting Tab to write a full email without thinking. The end result is likely to be too generic and impersonal. However, Smart Compose should help take care of the essentials, saving you time and effort when managing your inbox.
If you use Gmail but would like to know how to use it more efficiently, why not read our beginner’s guide to Gmail or our power user’s guide to Gmail. Or perhaps you would rather learn how to achieve inbox zero or master your inbox anxiety.
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