Google is killing Gmail’s basic HTML view in 2024

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Another day, another Google product goes to the graveyard. The company is shutting down Gmail’s native HTML view in January 2024, which allows users to view their emails as normal.

The company updated its support page to reflect that Gmail will automatically switch to standard view after the deadline. Users on Hacker News posted that they received an email from Google indicating the feature was going away.

“We are writing to let you know that Gmail Basic HTML view for desktop web and mobile web will be disabled starting January 2024. Gmail Basic HTML views are previous versions of Gmail that were replaced by their modern successors 10+ years ago. And it does not include full Gmail feature functionality,” the email reads.

Even today, when you try to access the HTML version, Google shows a message saying that the version is designed for “slow connections and older browsers” and asks you to confirm that you Don’t want to use the standard version.

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The HTML version lacks many features such as chat, spell checker, search filters, keyboard shortcuts, and rich formatting. But it is useful in situations where you are in an area with low connectivity or just want to view emails without any extra bells and whistles. It is unclear whether Google plans to add any mode for low connectivity or not.

Google is currently focusing on incorporating AI-powered features into its products, including Gmail. Last month, the company launched Duet AI feature to help users write emails. Last week, it allowed the Bard chatbot to integrate with Google accounts so you can ask questions about email history.

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