Google Looks to Remake Email, Again, With Tabs

Google launched a major update to Gmail today that will automatically sort messages into common categories including a primary inbox, commercial offers and messages from social networks.

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Google launched a major update to Gmail today that will automatically sort messages into common categories including a primary inbox, commercial offers and messages from social networks.

“We get a lot of different types of email: messages from friends, social notifications, deals and offers, confirmations and receipts, and more. All of these emails can compete for our attention and make it harder to focus on the things we need to get done,” said Itamar Gilad, Gmail’s product manager, on a company blog.

Users can customize the inbox by selecting which tabs they want. They can set messages from specific senders to appear under a given tab. They can also move messages between tabs by dragging and dropping.

The new inbox will roll out over the next few weeks in Android and iOS apps and on desktop. Desktop users will be able to opt out of the new inbox, at least initially.

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