If you're anything like me, you've revamped your email management a couple dozen times, always looking for a system that will survive the ever-growing digital onslaught—something that you could maybe even ignore during a vacation without incurring three months of catch-up.
So far, the best system I've found is based on Google's priority inbox. It's a big reason that I stick with Gmail, actually, though I've tried pretty much everything else out there. Well, Google is not content to leave less-annoying-than-everything-else alone. The company announced a new inbox Wednesday that will be rolling out to Gmail users on desktop and mobile devices over the next few weeks.
The new system will separate your inbox into tabs by category, such as "Social," "Promotions" or "Updates." That way, you can view special offers from Rue La La and your Facebook notifications in separate streams, keeping both away from your business-critical emails.
This release is just the latest in a string of changes Google has been making to its Apps for Business cloud-based office services. As we reported recently, Google integrated search for most Apps for Business services in Gmail last week.
To try out the new tabbed inbox, you just have to select it in your inbox settings, once it's available. It isn't for me yet, though our Google Apps is set up for the earliest release schedule. You can bet, I'll be trying it as soon as it appears. For me personally, separating email streams usually means I just ignore everything but the primary one. Still, Google convinced me with Priority Inbox—it likely has more data on how people use their email than anyone, so if anyone knows what I want better than I do, it's Google.