Gmail version 8.8 is out and we can already see a lot of changes, improvements, and some rollbacks too. What’s special about Gmail version 8.8 is that this version has more rollbacks than any addition in the features list. Some of the features that were added a while ago during the big Gmail update earlier this year have apparently been rolled back completely.
Read this blog to know what the big changes in Gmail version 8.8 are. What are the features that have been removed, and are there any additions/improvements to the existing list of Gmail features?
Gmail Version 8.8
The biggest changes in the Gmail version 8.8 are the removal of two features. These features are:
1- Removal of Quick responses feature from non-Gmail accounts
2- Removal of ‘Reply and follow up’ feature in Nudges
Reply and follow up
The ‘Nudges’ feature made it to Gmail only earlier this year but it seems like the feature is either not used very much by the users or it’s getting overworked by some. Nudges feature allowed Gmail users to follow up on emails that the users sent but didn’t get any reply on.
In the Gmail version 8.8, the settings for Nudges features have disappeared, which means Gmail is thinking of rolling back this feature altogether.
A research report found out that some user accounts have this feature still present there in their accounts. This means that Gmail has removed the feature from some accounts after analyzing user statistics and usage of the feature.
Quick Responses (for non-Gmail accounts)
‘Quick responses’ is another feature that seems to have been shelved in the Gmail version 8.8. They are a set of pre-composed messages that are used when you have to send same response to multiple recipients. This prevented the users from typing the same message again and again.
But there is another feature that is believed to have sidelined the Quick Responses feature; the Smart Reply. Smart Reply first appeared to Gmail’s list of features about three years ago. This feature allowed the users to reply to an email with a single click by predicting a tentative reply to an email. Gmail further updated this feature and added Smart Compose; this feature predicted the next word to be typed; quite similar to the predict feature in our mobile text. This also saved a lot of time.
When Smart Reply feature made to the web Gmail this year, it seems that the other basic features have been used less and less by the users. So Gmail has apparently removed the Quick Responses feature for non-Gmail accounts in Gmail version 8.8. This means that when you receive an email from the non-Gmail account, you will not be able to send a pre-saved response.
- In the Settings menu, My Account (Manage Your Google Account) has been changed to Manage your Google Account.
- Someday option is back in the Snooze feature. The snooze feature allows the users to hide unimportant emails for a set period of time. The Someday feature in Snooze keeps an email in the Snooze folder for an indefinite period of time until the user decides to have a look in the Snooze folder himself.
So these are some of the big changes we observed in the Gmail version 8.8. Have you got the latest Gmail version already? We will love to hear your comments on the recent changes. Let us know what else you have seen improved in your Gmail after the latest update.