Gmail on the web is receiving a big update in the coming weeks with a new design and features, but Google is also introducing a new Confidential Mode. The Verge revealed the new design earlier this week, along with features such as quick response to emails, the ability to postpone emails until later, and a new sidebar to place appointments on the calendar next to messages. We have now learned that Google will also introduce Confidential Mode, which allows Gmail users to prevent recipients from forwarding certain emails or restricting the ability to copy, download or print them.
Google will also allow Gmail users to require a password to open emails, which will be generated through SMS, or set an expiration date for emails sent. The features are very similar to some found in Microsoft's full Outlook application, and Microsoft is also adding the ability to restrict emails in their Outlook.com service. These features will greatly appeal to companies that want more control over how recipients use emails, but will not allow people to take a screenshot or a photo of an email.
Google has confirmed that its Gmail update will arrive soon, and a message to an early access program revealed that it should be available in the coming weeks. The Google I / O Developer Conference begins on May 8 this year, and this new Gmail design is likely to be part of the program, along with some updates from other Google web services.