Gmail changes coming in "next few days"

Remember a couple of weeks ago when a video showing some changes coming to Gmail was leaked out onto YouTube?. Well, Google has not only confirmed that the video wasn't a hoax but that the new features show in the video will be available to Gmail users very soon. A post on Google's blog site confirms that Gmail subscribers can access the features sometime in "the next few days" by clicking on a link on the main Gmail page that says "Switch to the new look."

One of the new improvements is that Gmail's interface will automatically resize to any browser window size that you designate along with different choices for pixel display density. That should work well for people from small 10 inch notebook screens to massive PC monitors.

The new version of Gmail will also make email threads look more like chat conversations, as you can see in the image above the news post. Also, the Google chat window and the labels list interfaces to the left of Gmail's message section will be able to be adjusted to become smaller or larger.

A new filter feature that can be accessed right out of the search box will be another new addition to Gmail. Finally, you will be able add some high resolution background images to make your Gmail experience more colorful.

While these adjustments and additions don't represent a total revamp of Gmail's web user interface, they should make using the service easier for Gmail's many subscribers.

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Already using it, its not much different from a few features that were added a few months ago, new design is hardly changed from that. Enjoying it. like a few features to hide things.

littleneutrino said,
Already using it, its not much different from a few features that were added a few months ago, new design is hardly changed from that. Enjoying it. like a few features to hide things.
I prefer the look and feel of the new look, but I hope that they have they fixed the few bugs that have been introduced in it.

It now takes longer for email to appear when I receive it (my phone always gets it first), and you can no longer stay in a thread when someone responds to it if you want to see the new response--you have to back out, and then go back in.

There used to be a label/button that you could click that would update the thread you were viewing.

I've just got it and initial thoughts (trying to avoid kneejerk responses!) is that it's far too cramped. I took a screenshot to compare and try figure out where the space has gone and it's more they pad each e-mail conversation. When I switched from Comfortable to Compact it looked better as I could see more but the sidebars just look really cramped and ugly. I hate scrollbars in the page too so much!! They look hideous, I much prefer scrolling the whole page. Struggling to believe that I'll get used to this tbh

Can't wait, I really appreciate Google's efforts to make Gmail the best web email client around. Waiting to see if Microsoft steps it up with Hotmail soon.

I got the notification for Gmail new look and switched. It doesn't look a lot different from old look. May be need to use few days to see what changed