Originally announced in October last year, Google is finally delivering on its promise to bring new features into the compose tool for Gmail. A redesign of the visual composition field, including the “To,” “Cc,” and even “Bcc” section, makes it easier to be sure you’re sending things to the right people or including them.
To do this, every smart contact chip or “avatar chip” as Google dubs it, despite the field it appears in, will now display the recipient’s profile picture. Also, a new context menu is added to make it easier to view a recipient’s details, such as name, email address, etc.
Better indicators for when a user is outside your organization and visual indicators for when you’ve already added a user as a recipient will all also be present once the update finally rolls out. As stated earlier, this was supposed to be available to anyone with a Workspace or G Suite Basic and Business license, but for some reason development on this has stopped.
[July 7, 2022]: Starting today, these features will slowly resume rolling out – we expect to be complete by the end of September 2022.
Space Updates Blog
At the top of the Workspace Updates blog, Google has placed an update in big red text that says this is back on schedule after some performance issues, indicating that the features discussed below above will begin to unfold slowly. Apparently they should be available to everyone by the end of September this year. As a reminder, the only ones who will not be able to benefit from these updates will be those who have a Workspace for Education Fundamentals, Education Standard, Education Plus or Teaching and Learning Upgrades license.