Update, July 25, 2018 (03:30PM EST): As described below, Google is going to push the Gmail redesign onto G Suite users slowly until October, when it will become mandatory. We knew that the rollout would start in July, but didn’t know the exact date.
That date ended up being today, July 25, per TechCrunch. That means approximately 12 weeks from today, the Gmail redesign will be mandatory for all G Suite users.
Read more below about how this rollout will happen.
Original article, June 4, 2018 (05:32PM EST): Today, Google posted its schedule for rolling out the redesigned Gmail experience to G Suite users. While the company made no mention of a schedule for “regular” Gmail users, its likely both demographics will follow a similar timeline.
The general gist of the schedule is that you’ll be able to use the current version of Gmail for a few more months. But by around October of this year, it’s very likely that you will be forced to permanently use the new Gmail experience whether you like it or not.
Granted, it seems that the new Gmail redesign is getting a warm welcome; I have only heard people say good things about the look and new functions. But, as with any significant changes to software, there will always be those who don’t want to migrate.
The schedule that Google lays out for the new Gmail migration for G Suite users starts in July, although the company does not give a specific date. Approximately 12 weeks after that mystery July date, G Suite users will be pushed to the new Gmail with no option to opt out.
Before that time, users can opt-in to the new Gmail and then opt-out again. But, after eight weeks, users will automatically be migrated to the new Gmail. However, they’ll still have another four weeks to opt-out of the experience.
After that last four-week stretch, users will be pushed to the new Gmail permanently with no option to opt-out.
Like I said, it’s not clear if this will be the same schedule for Gmail users who are not in the G Suite, but it’s likely that Google will push all Gmail users to the redesign around the same time. Regardless, it is highly unlikely that anyone will be able to be on the current version of Gmail by the end of 2018.