We receive a lot of email. That’s just how things work there days. You’ve got personal correspondences, work mail, re-routed stuff from other inboxes, plus social streams and promos to which you are subscribed. That’s a lot of mail to sift through, and it get get pretty overwhelming, pretty fast.
The good folks at Google know the kind of stress a cluttered inbox brings, and have provided a solution: Tabs. The New Gmail Inbox now allows for tabbed segregation of all your Gmail email. You can have tabs for all the different facets of your life, so you don’t have to plod your way through the muck and mire of your email inbox. Social network alerts, bills, correspondences for work and life all get their own tabs under which relevant emails are placed. This greatly reduces the time searching, cursing and digging through mountains of read and unread conversations, and lets you just get on with things. If there are more facets to your life than the initial set provides for, don’t worry; you can give each of them their own tabs too.
I have had the pleasure of working with the new inbox for about a week now, and I have to say, it’s a huge help. Like many of our readers, I set my work email address to re-route to my personal account, so I only have to deal with one inbox. While this is nice and streamlined, it does carry with it the extra burden of having to find that one message in a whole cluttered mess of read messages. Tabs bring a much more efficient way of organizing that just works.
The new inbox will be rolling out to users over the course of the next few weeks, with updates to the mobile apps to follow shortly. If you want to get in on the action early, keep an eye on the little gear in your Gmail inbox, and hit “Configure inbox” when it comes up in the settings option. Once the roll-out hits, those set in the ways of old can revert to the previous, un-tabbed view (or any other inbox type), should the fancy strike them.
If you want to see the new inbox in action, hit this link HERE and take a quick look at the video Google has cooked up.