Upcoming change to Google Mail

Dear Ross Community:

Google Mail will soon change the way you compose messages. When this happens you will receive plenty of on-screen guidance, but we wanted to give you advance notice. We do not have an official date as to when this change will be implemented, but are told it will happen before the end of the month.

After the change, when you click “Compose,” instead of taking you out of your Inbox you will be presented with a box in the lower corner in which you can write your message. This means you’ll be able to keep an eye on the contents of your Inbox while you compose. You will be able to click in to other messages and read them in the background, and even have multiple compose boxes open at the same time. This should make working within your mailbox easier.

Everything else—auto-complete when typing a recipient’s name, the ability to add a Cc or Bcc field, a paper-clip button for attachments, etc.—will remain the same, but some of the advanced functionality like text formatting will require an extra button click.

We urge you to take a moment and watch a short video that demonstrates the changes. The video also details how you can opt-out, but be aware that doing so will be temporary, as sometime in early 2013 this new compose feature will become permanent for everyone.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Helpdesk, and remember to follow us on Twitter @UMRossIT for the latest news and useful links related to technology at Ross.


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