Google Unveils New Compose Message Functionality In Gmail


A new 'cleaner, simpler' way of composing emails in Gmail has been unveiled by Google, allowing users to send messages and navigate around their email folders at the same time, without opening multiple windows.

In a statement Google said the redesign was aimed at putting the focus on ‘your message, and not all the features around it’.

The highlights are said to be the ability to compose emails while browsing your folders, the new ‘clean, streamline look’ and way users can compose more than one email at a time.

The new 'compose' box is more like a chat window in the way it overlays a user’s Inbox and allows one to search through old emails and other folders without having to close down the draft message.

In a blog post, Gmail product manager Phil Sharp writes: ‘How many times have you been writing an email and had to reference something in another message? Saving a draft, opening the old email, and then reopening your draft wastes valuable minutes. The new compose pops up in a window, just like chats (only larger).

‘This makes it easy to reference any other emails without ever having to close your draft. You can even do a search or keep an eye on new mail as it comes in. And because the compose window works the same way as chats, you can write multiple messages at once and minimize a message to finish it later.’

Referencing the new way Gmail styles replies, Mr Sharp added: ‘You’ll also see these same changes when you respond to a message. The reply experience has been designed to fit better inline as part of your conversation – replies take up much less vertical height, intelligently expand to fit your content, and always keep the recipients and other controls in view no matter how long your message gets.’

At present the new functionality is still only a preview model, with Gmail users able to opt out but Google claims it will be rolled out to everyone in the coming months.