Google in the coming weeks will be launching an Early Adopter Program (EAP) for a new version of Gmail. In a memo sent to G Suite Administrators recently obtained by TechCrunch, Google says the EAP will introduce a new design for the Gmail web interface as well as several new features.
Google's memo says users can expect a fresh, clean look for Gmail on the web plus easy access to G Suite apps like Google Calendar from within the platform, the integration of Smart Reply (just like on mobile) and the ability to snooze e-mails and decide when they reappear in your inbox.
Offline support is also in the works, the message states, although it'll arrive "shortly" after the EAP announcement (by June 2018, we're told).
Worth noting is the possibility that some popular Chrome extensions won't work with the new Gmail experience. As such, Google suggests testing any critical Chrome extensions before broadly enabling the new Gmail experience within organizations. Should an extension not play nicely with the new Gmail, Google recommends checking with the extension's developer to request an update.
After reading TechCrunch's story, a Twitter user reached out and provided the publication with the sketch shown above after reportedly seeing a Google employee playing with the new design on public transport. He described it as a hybrid of Gmail and Inbox.
"The left-side column was more like inbox.google.com and the right side was an enlarged version of Gmail. The color in the background had a blue-ish gradient. Every folder on the left had an icon just like Inbox and dividers to split the categories."
Look for the new Gmail experience to debut in the coming weeks.