You've got mail. New Gmail, to be exact. The above video, which features Gmail's user experience designer Jason Cornwell giving an overview of the new Gmail, leaked yesterday and has been going viral ever since.
Some of the major changes? A complete redesign of the look and feel of Gmail, and an attempt to make it look as clean, simple and intuitive as possible. Also, the new Gmail adapts to the size of your browser window, so as to not be overwhelmed by the amount of messages in your window.
If you have a high-def monitor, Gmail's new high resolution themed picture backgrounds may interest you. Gmail conversations are getting a facelift to look more like a conversation, and will include profile pictures. A new customized search box reveals a way more advanced search for emails, including fields for subject, from, to, has, doesn't have, attachments included, etc.
Google is in the midst of sprucing up its apps, with new looks for Google Docs and Google Calendar. "Oops, you weren't supposed to see that," Google representative Andrea Freund told CNET. "Stay tuned, we'll be sharing more info on Gmail's new look soon."
At least they realized what happened with the Gmail leak, and confirmed it was real and that we would learn new details soon. Any other big leaks come to mind? How about Apple with their iPhone 4, which was mistakenly left in a bar for someone to discover and reveal to the world. But Apple kept their mouths shut until the day of the release, with no "coming soon" or "oops!" statement.
The Gmail sneak peek video was posted by YouTube user crlsndrsjmnz. There is a link to crlsndrsjmnz's blog, which states there was a problem with a video link in his Gmail, which crlsndrsjmnz tried to open in a new window, but the video that opened was the new Gmail design preview video. Google has since taken the video down, but users like crlsndrsjmnz have copied the original and uploaded them back to YouTube.