Google announces cutover dates for the new look of Gmail at U-M


Gmail is bringing a new look to users at the University of Michigan.

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Google has introduced an all-new Gmail with a brand new look on the web, additional features, and even more integrations with other G Suite apps. They are also introducing a new way to manage work on the go with an improved Tasks tool within the web interface as well as iOS and Android mobile applications.

The new Gmail interface will roll out according to the following timeline:

• Sept. 18: Google automatically switches everyone to new Gmail. Users can still revert to “classic Gmail” for one month.

• Oct. 16: Everyone will be permanently switched to new Gmail and “classic Gmail” will no longer be available.

Users can try out the new Gmail now by clicking on the Settings gear icon from the browser while in U-M Google Mail, then selecting “Try the new University of Michigan Mail.”

“We encourage everyone using Gmail to familiarize themselves with the new interface prior to October 16,” says Brian Cors, service manager for U-M Google. “In the settings menu, you can switch back and forth between new and classic Gmail, as well as send comments or suggestions directly to Google with the ‘Send feedback’ option.”

Watch a video of a June webinar on how to use the new Gmail.

New features of Gmail include the ability to:

• Postpone or “snooze” emails to a future date or time that’s more convenient.

• Hover over messages in your inbox and click an icon to quickly archive, delete, mark as read or unread, or snooze messages.

• Quickly respond to emails using Smart Reply — phrases that appear as potential replies based on the message you received.

• Remind you to revisit old emails with a suggestion or “nudge” to reply or follow up.

• Change how spacious or compact you want your inbox view.

• Use Google Calendar, Keep, and Tasks while in Gmail.



  1. Melissa Karby
    on September 10, 2018 at 11:49 am

    When will the G Suite Aps become available? Currently, all of them are blocked via UM.

  2. brian Cors
    on September 12, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    Hello, Melissa!

    I’ll reach out to you personally for more details – but wanted to acknowledge your comment here.

    We’re currently exploring a streamlined process to understand campus interest, prioritize, evaluate and securely activate G Suite add-ons and other applications that connect to the platform. We’ll be sure to share how the campus community can participate in this process and when/if that process will be available.

    Again, thanks for reaching out here! Expect to hear from me soon, via email – and never hesitate to reach out personally if you have any questions or concerns.

    brian cors
    Collaboration Service Manager | ITS Infrastructure

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