Until now, when composing a new email , Gmail users find the body of the new email taking up pretty much the whole screen. It’s impossible to refer back to the inbox or older emails. Since Gmail does not use tabs within the app. My only recourse was to open another instant of Gmail in a new browser tab.

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Yesterday, Google attempted to address the issue by providing a popup panel for composing new email. The panel appears as docked in the bottom right corner and it can be detached in a separate window so user can easily refer to other emails, search, and see incoming email messages all without ever needing to close the draft. And because the compose window works the same way as chats, you can write multiple messages at once and minimize a message to finish it later.

When you add recipients to your message, you’ll see profile pictures of your contacts in autocomplete helping you find the right person faster. You can also drag and drop the new address chips between to:, cc: and bcc:. When you’re done adding recipients, the address area collapses automatically to get out of your way. You’ll also see these same changes when you respond to a message.

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