Google Hopes You'll Go Gaga Over Gmail Tabs

Paul Lilly

Tabs work for browsing, can they for email as well?

Can you remember surfing the web before tabs? Power surfing has never been the same, and even casual web users can benefit from tabbed browsing. Google didn't invent the concept, nor did the company even popularize tabbed browsing, but it is incorporating tabs of a slightly different kind into its Gmail service on the desktop and mobile. It's almost like a pre-sorting system.

"On the desktop, the new inbox groups your mail into categories which appear as different tabs," Google explains in a blog post . "You simply choose which categories you want and voilà! Your inbox is organized in a way that lets you see what’s new at a glance and decide which emails you want to read when."

In Android and iOS, you'll see your Primary mail when you open the app, and from there you can easily navigate to the other tabs, Google says. Alternately, if you'd rather not use them, you can switch off all the optional tabs to go back to the classic view or any other inbox types you might be using.

Look for tabs to roll out "gradually" within the next few weeks.

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