Gmail's basic HTML version is set for adieu, timeline is nearing

September 27, 2023 | By Arnab Ghosh

Worldwide, billions of web users rely on Gmail for their emailing needs despite the availability of competing email services from brands like Yahoo, MSN and Rediff etc. Gmail is loved for its simplicity of usage, ever-increasing range of features and tight integration with other popular Google online services including Google Drive and chat. So far, Google has offered Gmail in a toned-down HTML version, meant for users with poor internet connectivity. However, it will soon be discarded.

Google has officially announced it will bid adieu to the well-known plain HTML version of its email service. It will no longer be available after January 2024. After that, Gmail users will only be able to access and use the standard version. The company came up with an official statement on the issue even though it did not specify any reason for the move. 

The HTML view of Gmail was meant largely for users sticking to some legacy browsers and devices. Now, with most such aging devices and software getting replaced with newer versions, the utility of the HTML version has reduced considerably. With 5G and faster internet access reaching more places gradually, the need to use the trimmed-down version has gone down, even for business users. The exact date of bidding farewell to the aging Gmail version is not clear though. 

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