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Google Makes New 'Compose' Feature the Default

By - Source: Gmail Blog | B 17 comments

Like it or not, the new Compose is here to stay.

Back in October, Google announced an update to Gmail that changed the way users composed emails. Though users could activate a preview of the change, it was pretty easy to undo if you didn't like it. Unfortunately, it's not so easy anymore. Google on Thursday announced that the new Compose would soon be the default setting for all users.

Strangely enough, Google admitted that many people didn't seem too interested in the new feature when it first launched.

"You are busy people, so it's no surprise that an overwhelming number of you opted to try out Gmail's faster, simpler compose experience after it launched last October," the company said, adding that it has been working hard to implement features and changes suggested by users.

"As a result of your input, we're now ready to introduce the new compose experience as the default for everyone. We're looking forward to hearing what you think!"

The newly unveiled format allows users to compose messages directly from their inbox and keep an eye on incoming messages at the same time. This allows you to reference other emails without exiting the draft email you're working on. When a user clicks the "Compose" button, the service's message template will appear in a window on the lower right-hand side of the screen, similar to how Gtalk messages appear within Gmail but on a larger scale.

If you don't see the new version of Compose yet, you will soon. Google says it will be rolled out to new users in the coming days. Keep an eye out and let us know what you think!

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    dalethepcman , April 1, 2013 6:50 PM
    While I like some of the features of gmail, the UI just feels cluttered disorganized and unfriendly. I have become accustomed to outlook, and outlook.com is just so much more familiar and easier to use that if it weren't for android I would no longer use gmail at all.
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    afrobacon , April 1, 2013 9:15 PM
    As much as I prefer gmail over all other email; I'm very indifferent about their compose feature. It is very convenient for short quick messages; but anything past what I would send in a text it severely lacks. I know you can easily get to go old compose; but now it just seems too inconvenient.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , April 1, 2013 10:25 PM
    Actually it can STILL be rolled back, thankfully, I HATE the new Compose with a passion.
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    JOSHSKORN , April 2, 2013 12:33 AM
    I was looking at Hotmail the other day. Yuck!
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    alidan , April 2, 2013 12:42 AM
    dalethepcmanWhile I like some of the features of gmail, the UI just feels cluttered disorganized and unfriendly. I have become accustomed to outlook, and outlook.com is just so much more familiar and easier to use that if it weren't for android I would no longer use gmail at all.

    amk-aka-PhantomActually it can STILL be rolled back, thankfully, I HATE the new Compose with a passion.

    afrobaconAs much as I prefer gmail over all other email; I'm very indifferent about their compose feature. It is very convenient for short quick messages; but anything past what I would send in a text it severely lacks. I know you can easily get to go old compose; but now it just seems too inconvenient.


    the moment they got rid of the old ui, i changed over to html...
    every change they make i despise and apparently so to the vast majority of people who speak out about it, but they dont give a damn... i cant understand why.
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    smartroad , April 2, 2013 1:34 AM
    It confused the heck out of my mother - who isn't the most computer savvy person in the world. When it dimmed the screen to show what was new I had her in a panic on the phone thinking it was a virus!

    I liked having a full page to write my emails and I also like not having to click twice just to put something into bold etc.

    Thumbs down for this change.
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    ddpruitt , April 2, 2013 5:56 AM
    I actually prefer the new compose feature. It let's me read and write emails at the same time.

    I figure people don't like it because they don't like change or they can't do two things at once effectively.
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    Robi_g , April 2, 2013 6:10 AM
    windows 8 mail app, syncs with gmail, does everything just fine, but I'm not really a 'power user' of email
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    janetonly42 , April 2, 2013 6:33 AM
    Maybe Google can put a picture of Chavez or some other commie on it's mail page on Christmas day. F Google, their CEO is a commie loving leftist in bed with the Obama regime who are a bunch of commie fascist lovers too.
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    xelliz , April 2, 2013 6:36 AM
    Not everyone is a 12 yr old girl who wants everything to look like a txt message. I even send a lot of texts myself, but I hate this. I am trying to send an email. I can't imagine how frustrated corporate gmail users must be.
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    lamorpa , April 2, 2013 6:39 AM
    I often pull information from other emails, so it is quite convenient.
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    lamorpa , April 2, 2013 6:43 AM
    janetonly42Maybe Google can put a picture of Chavez or some other commie on it's mail page on Christmas day. F Google, their CEO is a commie loving leftist in bed with the Obama regime who are a bunch of commie fascist lovers too.

    This may stand for the most idiotic comment of the week! I know it's early, but I have a feeling it will be hard to beat for stupidity and irrelevance.
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    gm0n3y , April 2, 2013 10:37 AM
    Personally, I like the new Compose layout. I can see how people that regularly send longer emails would prefer the full screen though. My email are generally one, sometimes two sentences in length. At work I'll send longer email, but we use Outlook 2010, which is in most cases much less user friendly than Gmail.
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    HeadScratcher7 , April 2, 2013 11:30 AM
    I like Gmail well enough. When at home I'm accessing my account via IMAP with Thunderbird, and at work I access it through the web browser. It was surprisingly easier to setup Thunderbird to access my Gmail account.
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    razor512 , April 2, 2013 11:38 AM
    I hate it. where are the various text formatting tools?


    less features does not = any improvement.
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    RobAC , April 2, 2013 1:24 PM
    For quick messages yes-but for longer ones no.

    Reminds me of that horrid conversation view nonsense they foisted on us til enough people complained they gave us a choice to turn it off.

    I much prefer the full screen view- especially when scrolling down to reference the email thread I am responding to.
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    andrewzy , April 4, 2013 2:32 PM
    Why on earth does the compose window for new emails open on the bottom right of the screen? Seems an insane design decision and, having been a Gmail user virtually since the start with a number of accounts, I'm now thinking of switching. Perhaps that's what they want.
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