Google begins rolling out a redesigned Gmail today with an eye on removing inbox clutter, separating bulk emails from the main feed with new tabs for messages from social networks, deal sites, businesses, and forums. The move comes three years after the company launched its Priority Inbox for Gmail, which aimed to bring order to cluttered inboxes by sorting messages based on their importance. At the time, the company noted that our inboxes were overwhelmed with automated messages. Three years later, little has changed. A host of startups, including Sparrow and Mailbox , have captured users’ attention based on the idea that Gmail is ripe for reinvention. Now Google is taking its own steps to overhaul the inbox. Gmail’s redesign separates messages into as many as five tabs, with each designed to group messages into categories that make it easier to scan and process email. In addition to the main tab, which continues to be sorted by priority, the tabs include: social, containing messages from social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and dating services; promotions, for Groupon, LivingSocial, and the like; “updates,” for confirmations, receipts, bills, and statements; and forums, for messages from discussion boards and mailing lists. New users… Read full this story
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