WELL HAPPY FLIPPIN' birthday Gmail, it's been totes emosh.
The email service that redefined email services is 15, and it has given us a present.
Email scheduling is rolling out to users who want to be able to send their messages at just the right moment, like say you want to end an office romance by email after you've left for the day (this actually happened to one of us, about 20 years ago*).
"We want to make it easier to respect everyone's digital well-being, so we're adding a new feature to Gmail that allows you to choose when an email should be sent. Just write your email as you normally would, then schedule it to arrive in your recipient's inbox at a later date and time," says Google in its celebratory blog post.
As we all know, the Alphabet Castle giveth, and the Alphabet Castle taketh away, and what we gain in scheduled emails, we lose with the closure of the experimental Google Inbox interface, which joins the list of former Google products that could probably have gone on a bit longer.
For a long time, Gmail felt very static in its development, but in 2017, a raft of new features and a redesigned interface arrived, heralding a new second age of Gmail - bolstered more than a little by the company's push into the enterprise space.
As well as scheduled emails, Google has also announced AMP for Gmail to bring a more dynamic look to your missives, and its Smart Compose feature which predicts what you're going to say and adapts to your style using AI, is now available on mobile devices.
Google doesn't mention when the scheduled post feature is coming in, so we're working on the basis that it will be rolling out to everyone with immediate effect. If that's wrong, blame Google being vague.
Or maybe we didn't get the email. μ
(*Chris adds: yes, obviously it was me. It was ruddy horrendous.)
Tabs to more Ctrl and less Win. Such Fn.
Either that or it's a really intense holiday