Google is testing a new Gmail format that is supposed to make it easier for users to reference previous emails without closing the draft.

The new email layout puts drafts in a small chat-sized popup (read: modal) window.

This layout has not been completely rolled out, but any non-Enterprise Google Apps user can test the feature and roll it back to the current layout if they don’t like it.

How to Try the New Gmail

1 Open a new email draft via the Compose button.

2 Click on “Try out the new compose experience“.

What’s Great About the New Gmail

  • Profile Pictures in Contact Lists
  • Adjustable Draft Window Size
  • New Mail visible while in Draft mode