Since I have an overall inability to accept change with open arms, the news that Google's giving Gmail a makeover would usually make me anxious. Bet then this demo video was leaked onto the web last night showcasing the new features, and I couldn't be more excited. It looks A-MAZ-ING. Seriously, whoever thought to make the screen auto-adjust with window size is a genius.
As an active Gmail user, I admire the changes they've made. They're smart and a lot different then the drastic overhauls sites like -- cough Facebook cough -- have made that cause mass revolts every time. Google has stuck to their guns, and rather than get more annoying or invasive (ahem), they've simply made things cleaner, more aesthetically pleasing, and more functional.
Check out the leaked YouTube video and see the new Gmail for yourself:
It looks cool, right? It's still recognizable as the Gmail that we have all come to know and love, but it's just better. My three favorite things about the update:
1. The adjustable window: Call me obsessive compulsive, but I have this wacky habit of seeing everything I'm doing on my computer on the same screen at once. That means when I shrink my Google browser, generally I lose half of my preview pane or my contact list is pushed off to the side. Not anymore! Thank you, Google, for bettering my organizational skills.
2. The customizable sidebar: I like anything that I can make my own. I use Gchat a lot and love love loooovvveeee the idea that I'll be able to scoot up my contact list. As long as I know my folders are there, there's no need for me to stare at them all the time.
3. The advanced search: In the current Gmail there is an advanced search option. But what's nice about the update is that it shows up immediately when you click on the search box.That means one less annoying click, and the results you are looking for -- but faster.
Are you looking forward to the updated look of Gmail?
Image via YouTube