Gmail’s HTML View To Be Removed In 2024
Another Google product is destined for the graves. Beginning in January 2024, the business will phase off Gmail’s basic HTML interface, which allows users to view their emails in their most basic form.
After the deadline, Gmail will automatically convert to the Standard layout, according to the company’s support page. Users on Hacker News reported receiving an email from Google informing them of the feature’s demise.
“We’re writing to let you know that the Gmail Basic HTML view for desktop web and mobile web will be disabled starting early January 2024. The Gmail Basic HTML views are previous versions of Gmail that were replaced by their modern successors 10+ years ago and do not include full Gmail feature functionality,” the email reads.
Even today, when you try to visit the HTML version, Google displays a warning stating that it is intended for “slower connections and legacy browsers” and asks you to confirm that you do not wish to use the regular version.
Chat, spell checker, search filters, keyboard shortcuts, and rich formatting are all missing from the HTML version. However, it is beneficial when you are in a low-connectivity location or simply want to read emails without any extra bells and whistles. It’s unclear whether Google intends to include a low-connectivity option.
Google is currently concentrating on incorporating AI-powered features into its products, such as Gmail. The company debuted a Duet AI service last month to assist customers in writing emails. It enabled the Bard chatbot to interface with Google accounts last week, allowing you to ask queries about email history.