Google introduced a new Gmail interface in February that included a minor facelift and simpler access to the company's services geared toward productivity and business, such as Chat, Spaces, and Meet. Access to the updated Gmail was first restricted to opt-in users, but it now appears that Google is rolling out the functionality to all users.
Now, everyone will have access to the new UI rather than only those who choose to use it; those who would prefer to use the old UI can still opt out.
The new user interface makes it simpler for customers to "keep on top of what's important and get work done faster in a single, focused area" by enabling easy switching between their inbox, critical chat discussions, and meeting on Google Meet from one window.
While Chat, Spaces, and Meet were also included in the left-aligned bar in the previous version of Gmail, the new UI gives the apps their own dedicated place, making the older version feel less crowded.
Your chats will appear in a pop-up when you hover over any of the applications, but if you don't like the new appearance, you can easily go back by selecting "Go back to the classic Gmail layout" from the quick settings option in the top right.
The feature is currently being rolled out to users of both Rapid Release and Schedule Release, and it may take up to 15 days for it to reach all users. It's also important to note that users of Google Workspace Essentials will not be able to use the new UI.
Try out the new Gmail view by selecting it from the quick settings menu in the upper right if your Gmail doesn't appear like the screenshots above.