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Google rolls out revamped tabbed inbox for Gmail

Google has unveiled a revamped Gmail that features a tabbed inbox to help you prioritise your messages.

On the desktop, the tabs will appear atop your Gmail inbox. You can select the categories; in Google's example, the search giant picked Social, Promotions, and Updates alongside Primary, which is reserved for your most important messages.

Notifications about tagged photos on Facebook, mentions on Google+, or requests from LinkedIn, for example, would appear in the Social tab. Groupon or LivingSocial deals would show up in the Promotions tab, and that email from mother would be displayed under Primary.

"Your inbox is organized in a way that lets you see what's new at a glance and decide which emails you want to read when," Google wrote in a blog post.

Tabs will extend to mobile, too. On Android and iOS, users will see Primary mail when they sign in, but can swipe left for a list of other tabs.

The update is "rolling out gradually," Google said.

It should show up on the desktop, iOS, and Android in the next few weeks. On the desktop, however, users should be able to get a sneak peek shortly via the Gear menu and the "Configure inbox" option.

Google first tried its hand at inbox organisation with coloured labels back in 2007. It then rolled out "Priority Inbox" in 2010, which automatically filtered incoming Gmail messages to place the most important messages first, followed by starred emails, and then everything else underneath.