Google pro­tects Gmail users from send­ing re­gret­table notes

The China Post - - BUSINESS INDEX & -

Google is mak­ing it eas­ier to steer clear of the trou­ble that can be caused by a mis­di­rected or in­ap­pro­pri­ate email.

An op­tion to can­cel the de­liv­ery of an email within 30 sec­onds of hit­ting the send but­ton is now a stan­dard safe­guard in Google’s Gmail as part of a set­tings change made this week.

The “undo send” fea­ture had al­ready been avail­able for the past six years in Google’s ex­per­i­men­tal labs, but that re­quired Gmail users tak­ing ex­tra steps to get it.

Gmail ac­coun­thold­ers will now be able to ac­ti­vate the pro­tec­tion in Gmail’s set­tings. The tool de­lays the de­liv­ery of emails from five to 30 sec­onds af­ter the send but­ton is pressed to give users a fleet­ing chance to re­trieve an email mis­tak­enly sent to the wrong per­son or an ill- con­ceived com­mu­nique.

Google in­serted the “undo send” fea­ture last month into an email man­age­ment ap­pli­ca­tion called “In­box” de­signed for mo­bile de­vices.

Gmail, started 11 years ago, is the far more pop­u­lar email ser­vice. It now boasts more than 900 mil­lion ac­coun­thold­ers world­wide, ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics that Google re­leased last month.

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