Has this ever happened to you? You have gone for a quick vacation, and when you come back to work, you find that your Zero Inbox has all been messed up with terms of emails to answer.
To avoid this, you will have to work during your vacation and check your emails on your mobile phone.
But, again it won’t be a ‘Vacation’ vacation if you are on your phone replying to work emails.
Google knows that, and that’s why they built a feature that emails people back when you set a vacation mode.
When they email you, they get an email back, letting them know that you are on vacation, and will be back on a specific date.
But now, Google has taken this feature even further, and now if anyone tries to email you, they would be notified that you are out of office.
Currently, the feature is only available to the G Suite users, which is a paid service offered by Google for businesses.
How does this feature work?
If you have yourself ‘out of the office’ on your calendar, they will be notified, before they email you.
Here is a screenshot on the feature in action shared by Google in its blog.
The feature existed before, but now the implementation is even better since the information will be available in other services like Gmail.
Google had previously introduced ‘Out of office’ feature in Google Calendar itself, which used to automatically decline all the meeting request for the window in which you will be on leave.
Although this feature can be turned off by going to the Google Calendar Settings area, by clicking on ‘Access the permission’ section of Google Calendar settings, ‘turn off show Calendar info’ in other Google apps.
Will this be coming to Free Gmail users?
The feature is useful for people who work in an office, and have a day job where they have to visit every day, and email is a big part of their work.
So, if it’s a small business, Google is just trying to add more features to their paid service called G Suite, to make it more attractive. And it is unlikely that the feature will be arriving for with free Gmail users.
Although the free Gmail users still have the autoresponder feature available in the settings of Gmail.