Google is testing new web-based Gmail features
Google’s fly-in menu system on the left removes the crazy tab system that was bolted into Gmail last year and places it in line with everything else, with a similarly collapsible Hangouts interface on the opposite side of the screen. This setup lets you open everything up if you’re a fan of using the whole display for your email, but it also supports shrinking the window down so you can glance at your Inbox whenever you need it. The bars that stretch across the display look a a little awkward at first, but when you keep in mind how much information can be displayed in those bars it is a setup that could prove useful to anyone who needs a more detailed scan of their Inbox when hunting for something.
The email and reminder creation bubbles at the bottom right hand corner of the display are nearly identical to leaks we’ve seen from multiple sources for future Google products, signaling a dramatic shift in how new functions are created within mobile and desktop apps. It’s a simple UI tool that lets you store multiple unfinished messages or reminders in a sort of ToDo list if you are so inclined.
This interface also includes the new pin system that was spotted in the last Gmail leak, which replaces stars in Gmail as a way to to bring focus to important emails. You can use the toggle at the top of the UI to drag your pinned emails to the top of the pile, or leave it switched off and see everything in the order it arrived in your Inbox.