Gmail gets productivity updates to mark 15th birthday

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Google’s hugely popular Gmail service has received a host of new updates to mark its 15th birthday.

The app was launched on 1 April 2004, and has since become one of the most successful email clients online.

To mark the birthday Google has made major a series of improvements, including tweaks to the Smart Compose feature.

The tool, which provides autocomplete suggestions based on what Google thinks you want to write, will now learn from your behaviours when offering potential greetings.

For example, if you tend to write a more informal “Hi” than “Good afternoon”, Google will learn from your cues and tweak its suggestions accordingly. A similar update is being made to subject line suggestions.

But perhaps the most appealing new feature is the ability to schedule messages, which users have until now had to rely on additional tools such as Boomerang to achieve.

Message scheduling allows users to draft an email and have it automatically sent at a time of their choosing, for example when they know their recipient will be in the office or in order to take into account a difference in time zone.

Smart Compose will also roll out today to all Android devices, with iOS support coming soon. Google has also added support for Smart Compose in French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

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