Google announced a new version of Gmail this week, one that is trailing away from the beautiful simplicity it was built on to a page that will include different tabs for messages, promotions, social updates, page checks and discussion. The Andriod version of the new email look is set to launch in a few short weeks, with the web version following shortly after. The application is clearly designed for touch screens and mobile devices and is aimed to make it easier to organize your email messages.
Of course, it just looks like an easier way for Google to encourage use of their many services, such as Google+ and YouTube, with their own special “social” tab.
On the other hand, email inboxes these days can certainly get crowded. In a world where nearly a third of our work time is spent sending and receiving email, it might be better for Google to try and make it more organized. Bills, confirmations and flight information go to one tab, mailing list emails go to another, and personal messages to your main inbox. Still, it is up to the user to make sure Google knows where to send what, and having to hop from tab to tab to check your messages could be maddening.
The new layout is definitely dependent on what kind of online user you are. The good news is that you are able to switch between the new and the old Gmail layouts in case you aren’t a fan of the new one. What do you think of the new Gmail tabs?