Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.
Google, Tech News 4th May 2018 469

Early Adopters Like New Gmail 

Google has released a new look for its web browser version of Gmail and early adopters are impressed.

It will not appear automatically, at least for the time being, so users will need to switch to it.

This can be done by opening the Inbox, going into settings and clicking ‘Try the new Gmail.’

There are some useful new features to test drive.

The new Sidebar will be immediately obvious and delivers some long overdue, Outlook style, integration with Google Calendar as well as with the new Google Tasks and the facility to note take in Keep.

Unfortunately Tasks is not setting the Net on fire.

It covers the basics but there is disappointment about search, tagging, reminder and prioritisation facilities.

Much better are the confidentiality features which allow the sending of self-destructing emails.

Especially in the coming era of GDPR data Protection rules, the ability to send someone personal information in an email which prevents copying, saving or forwarding and disappears on a predetermined date will prove handy.

The ability to include password access on individual emails may also prove useful.

Another step forward is the ability to access attachments directly from the Inbox listing, without opening the covering email first.

For someone who is expecting something and short on time, that could be a significant bonus.

With many upsides there are potential downsides.

That will be true of Gmail’s new support for Unsubscribing.

Google will use AI to spot the marketing mails we don’t bother with and suggest the ‘Unsubscribe’ option to reduce Inbox clutter.

That, of course, would give Google even better intelligence to decide what advertising it will bombard us with!

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.

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