With a new "Confidential Mode", Gmail will not only give users the ability to set an expiry date for the emails they send to people, but also put restrictions on messages to prevent them from being printed or forwarded.
As of now, it's unknown whether the feature is going to be compatible with non-Gmail users.
Gmail will have a so-called Confidential Mode, a system created to secure the important emails that users send and that should not reach other mailboxes.
Word spread this week that Google is working on a new version of Gmail for the web. The Verge has obtained screenshots of the new Gmail design, now being tested inside Google and with trusted partners. The report describes that on the recipient's side, the person used the existing version of Gmail and received a link to view the confidential email. The interface seems cleaner and more intuitive to use, and a new sidebar on the right should make multi-tasking easier too.
Besides, we now find out a new surprise feature integrated by Google. Apparently, the new self-destructing emails feature which will allow the users to put a timestamp to their mails after which the email won't be available anymore has been termed as the "Confidential Mode" in Gmail.
Further helping to secure email communications, senders have the option to require the recipient to verify their identity with a passcode before opening an email sent in Confidential Mode. The receivers will need to log in again in Gmail to access the message.
While Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Oracle are viewed as the major contenders for the job, Google's employees have voiced concern about creating products for the US government.
TechCrunch also pointed out that when a ProtonMail user sends an expiring message to another ProtonMail user, the email looks like a regular email in the box. Google has not mentioned end-to-end encryption anywhere, which means the company is most likely to stick with non-encrypted emails. Even then, like TechCrunch reported, the Confidential Mode is available to a handful of users right now. Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.