Last May 29, 2013 (Wednesday), Gmail introduced a “new inbox”. The way I see it, it’s an additional way to organize emails. They now implemented tabs that separate emails according to five general categories: Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates, and Forums.
Since the announcement, I have been waiting eagerly for the update. June came and nothing turned up. When the first week of July entered, I thought that maybe the update would have to wait until the end of the year. Thankfully, though, Gmail rolled out the update for my inbox last July 12, 2013 (Friday).
The definition of each tab/category are as follows:
- Primary: Person-to-person conversations and messages that don’t appear in other tabs.
- Social: Messages from social networks, media-sharing sites, online dating services, and other social websites.
- Promotions: Deals, offers, and other marketing emails.
- Updates: Personal, auto-generated updates including confirmations, receipts, bills, and statements.
- Forums: Messages from online groups, discussion boards, and mailing lists.
Let’s try out how efficient/organized a Gmail user can be with the tabbed interface. I like it, but I expected the ability to create your own tabs, and not just merely selecting presets. I guess Gmail is still in the experimental phase of this update to see how users will adopt and utilize it for their convenience.