Having learned a very important lesson from the great Gmail redesign disaster of 2011, Google isn't forcing its users to switch over to the new tabbed design the company announced Wednesday. "If the new inbox isn't quite your style, you can simply switch off all optional tabs to go back to classic view, or switch to any of your other favorite inbox types," reads the Official Gmail Blog post. You see, the last time Google made wholesale changes to our beloved inbox, the masses revolted (or at least complained a lot on the Internet), largely because after a brief beta period Gmail users were forced into the switch-over. This time, however, Google isn't making that mistake with its 425 million-plus users. Rather, you can try out the design — which offers various tabs to clean up inbox clutter — for yourself and then decide.
From this promotional video, at least, it seems that the new Gmail inbox will be good for getting a man, since the song choice — The Marvelettes's "Please Mr. Postman" — is all about a woman waiting for a letter from her boyfriend, and since the clip shows a woman ditching her friends and getting her nails done in preparation for a date:
For those not in the man-getting market, the greater inbox organization offered by tabs is probably useful for other things, too. The new look will roll out gradually, says Gmail. For those eager to find love, however, Google guides you toward your old ways: "Keep an eye on the gear menu and select Configure inbox when it appears in the Settings options."
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