If you made a mistake or sent an email to the wrong people, you can now “unsend” Gmail messages. This feature could help many people out of embarrassing situations.
Outlook already has this feature, and in order to use it you have to follow certain steps. First you must locate the email in question and open it. Then you can click on the actions button and select “Recall this Message” .
Outlook also lets you delete any unread copies of the message you want to recall and if you want to, the company will even notify you if the recall was successful.
However both Gmail’s and Outlook’s “unsend” option have certain flaws and limitations.
Gmail gives you a timeframe of only 30 seconds in which you can perform the option, this could of been much more effective if raised to 5 minutes. As it is the option can be configured to allow un-sending an email, from 5 to 30 seconds timeframe.
Outlook’s option, does not work if the receiver is not also using Outlook and there are several other limitations, including the fact that if the message sent was already read by the receiver, the “unsend” option is invalid.
The Google version of the “unsend” option has been in use in Gmail Labs since 2009, and it is being launched just now after 6 years of testing.
The feature allows you to recall your sent email, if you have spotted a typo after you hit the “send” button for example.
This can be particularly useful when sending emails, to groups, or manually selecting more than 3 people to receive your email. In these cases it is easy either to email the wrong people, or not all of the persons you wanted.
the recall option will be automatically switched off for those who do not use Gmail Labs and users will have to turn it on manually from the “General Tab” in the “Settings” category.
Google has not specified when the feature will be available for Smartphone operating systems, however the new Inbox mobile app has support for the “undo send” characteristic.
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