New Compose & Reply Coming for M+Google Mail

posted Oct 31, 2012, 6:06 AM by Rita Girardi   [ updated Oct 31, 2012, 7:29 AM ]

Google recently announced a new compose and reply experience in Mail via its Official Gmail Blog. In brief, this change allows you to write messages in a cleaner, simpler way that puts the focus on your message itself, not all the features around it. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Fast: Compose messages right from your inbox.
  • Simple: Redesigned with a clean, streamlined look.
  • Powerful: Check emails as you're typing, minimize drafts for later, and even compose two messages at once.
This Help Center article has additional details.

When can I start using the new compose and reply interface?
U-M users should start getting opt-in capability in about two or three weeks (i.e. mid-November)

Can I opt-out?
You can switch back to the old interface for a time. However, the new interface will become the only option after the initial opt-in phase. Google will gather feedback over the next few months from users who have chosen to use the feature, and then, in early 2013, the opt-out option will be removed.

Will this new interface be available to IE8 or basic HTML users?
No. The new compose/reply experience will not roll out to users on IE8 or with the basic HTML view.


  • There will be an overlay when you first opt in that shows where some of the key features are. The Help Center article referenced above details how to find these features. 
  • Google will work to add all features available in the “standard” compose to the new experience. Users that have difficulties can switch back to the classic compose/reply experience until the opt-out option ends in early 2013.