New Gmail Design May Feature Self-Destructing Emails

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Under this "Confidential Mode", users will reportedly need a passcode to open emails, which will be generated via SMS, similar to that of Microsoft's Outlook application.

There are big changes ahead for Gmail on the web, and one newly revealed feature we can expect to see in a few weeks sounds particularly intriguing. They might criticize people you'd never criticize to their face.

With Gmail's upcoming Confidential Mode, you don't have to worry about those messages ending up in the wrong hands.

The expiration date of the self-destructing emails can be configured to suit your needs, with time windows ranging from one week to multiple years. While this is a convenient way to secure information, it also benefits Google by allowing the service to associate email addresses with cell phone numbers - adding to their database of customer information that they can use to better suit advertisements to their users. A new snooze feature also lets you temporarily remove emails from your inbox until a certain time, so you can avoid certain email threads until you're ready to reply.

According to the tipster who spilled the news to TechCrunch, there's already a help page for the feature but it's now not populated with any information - suggesting that the self-destructing emails of the new Gmail design is under development but not ready for release at this point in time.

The Gmail overhaul, apart from a complete redesign, will also pack a handful of modern features you usually find on third-party clients.

With more than 1 billion users around the world, Gmail is used by individuals, small businesses and enterprises as a standalone product or as part of G Suite. When clicked, a message pops up saying, "Options to forward, download or copy this email's contents and attachments will be disabled". You'll be able to specify how long your email sits in the recipient's inbox before it is deleted automatically. Expected to be launched in weeks, it's now being tested within Google and with select partners.

The five features for the new Gmail have limited explanation in the email, and even less was said by the company.