The world's most popular e-mail service, Gmail, announced on Wednesday that it is going to revamp its looks on desktops and mobile applications.
In a move to cut the clutter form the inbox, Gmail's new feature is designed to help users to pre-sort and categorise incoming mails into groups. Messages from friends, family and colleagues appearing in the primary tab can be sorted while separate tabs will be dedicated for social notifications, deals and offers, bills and receipts.
There will be also be a separate Forums group dedicated solely for messages from online groups, discussion boards and mailing lists.
According to Google's official blog, users can manually configure the settings. "You can easily customize the new inbox-select the tabs you want from all five to none, drag and drop to move messages between tabs, set certain senders to always appear in the Primary tab," Google said.
The update will be rolled out in a couple of weeks. However, for users who want to adhere to the old design Gmail has made the inbox groups organisation optional.
Recently, there have been a lot of innovations being offered from Google's part on Gmail including the new Google Wallet service to be offered via Gmail. The innovations could be part of Gmail's desperate attempt to hold on to its position in the wake of Microsoft's Outlook Launch. Currently, start-ups like Sparrow and Mailbox have also launched apps which are challenging to Gmail.
The new revamp comes after Google's earlier attempt to manage the inbox clutter with its priority box. Gmail with its 288 million users is the most popular email service till October 2012, according to Comscore data. It is closely followed by Outlook.com and Yahoo.com.