San Francisco: In a bid to enhance security for Gmail users, Google is reportedly working on a redesign that would ensure only the recipient can view an e-mail and that too for a specific period of time.
“You’ll soon be able to send expiring emails. Working on an email service is hard as you have to be compatible with all sorts of email providers and email clients. But it doesn’t seem to be stopping Google as the company is now evolving beyond the simple POP3/IMAP/SMTP protocols,” TechCrunch reported late on Friday.
The yet-to-be introduced feature works quite much like expiring emails in “ProtonMail” in which the email becomes unreadable after some time.Google is reportedly working on an overhaul of Gmail for web which will see a new design along with several new features, including a Confidential Mode.
Before we get to that, what we know so far is that the revamped Gmail could launch in the next few weeks and will perhaps be part of the Google I/O developers conference on May 8. From what we know so far, the new Gmail for web users will get smart replies, a feature already available on the mobile app, a new sidebar, the ability to snooze emails and three new layouts, among other things.
Among the many features that were spotted earlier this week, TechCrunch reports that a Confidential Mode will also be introduced which will allow users to choose whether they want the recipient to be able to forward the email content, restrict them from copy and pasting, downloading or printing them, and even choose if they want the email to self-destruct. The last part is particularly interesting.
As per some screenshots, users will be able to set an expiration date so that the sent email disappears or is unreadable after a week or several years depending on what they choose. This will be especially useful for sending confidential emails or emails that you feel should be read and deleted for privacy purposes.