Google today announced that it is making the new Gmail interface the default experience for users. The company first released the new interface earlier this year, but allowed users to revert to the original view. As of this month, users will no longer have the option to go back to the old interface.
“The integrated view with Gmail, Chat, Spaces and Meet on the left side of the window will also become standard for users who have Chat enabled,” the company said in a blog post. “Quick settings let you customize this new interface with the apps that matter most to you, whether it’s Gmail on its own or a combination of Gmail, Chat, Spaces, and Meet.”
Google notes that the ability to customize the new interface makes it easier to stay on top of what’s important and reduces the need to switch between different applications, windows, or tabs. It’s worth noting that with this new change, users no longer have the option to configure Chat on the right side of Gmail.
The company’s decision to make its new UI the default experience isn’t surprising, but it’s likely to be a frustrating change for users who preferred the old design.