Google Says Goodbye to Gmail’s Basic HTML Version

Google has announced that the basic HTML version of its Gmail service will be ruled out in January 2024, bringing in a more unified and feature-rich Gmail experience for all users. After that date, all users of the popular webmail service will be automatically moved to the more current Standard view, which includes all of the most recent usability and security enhancements. The basic HTML view is a simplified version of Gmail that does not allow users to chat, utilize spell checking, keyboard shortcuts, add or import contacts, define custom “from” addresses, or use rich text formatting.

The firm has made an announcement on its support page stating, “Important: You can show Gmail in your browser in basic HTML view until January 2024. After this date, Gmail automatically switches to the standard view. If your browser is supported, Gmail automatically opens in standard view. In the standard view, you can use Gmail’s latest features and security.”

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The basic HTML view, according to the Google team, is now an antiquated version, supplanted by more current ones and incapable of supporting all of the latest features of the US giant’s email client. Aside from this change, Google is adding useful functionality to Gmail on Android. Users will soon have access to a “Select all” option, which will make organizing emails in their inbox much easier. The addition of these new functionalities to Gmail’s Android app is a step towards feature parity between the service’s mobile and online editions.

This feature will be especially useful for those who want to simplify their inboxes and manage enormous amounts of email while on the road. The simplified Gmail interface loads quickly, and users can use it even on extremely old PCs or with significantly slower connections. Its slimmer nature makes it handy in settings. This feature is mainly planned for users who reside in places where an internet connection is available, who use older hardware with limited memory, or who use legacy web browsers that do not support contemporary HTML capabilities.

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