Gmail formally rolls out 'undo send' option
SAN FRANSISCO, CA - Future email nightmares could be averted as Google is set to formally roll out a long-awaited "undo send" feature to its popular Gmail web email application.
It's a familiar sense of terror when you realize that a key attachment is missing or a message intended for your significant other somehow winds up destined for your boss' inbox. Years of experimenting with the feature have finally allowed the tech company to give users the chance to retrieve the message sent in error before it is read by the receiving party.
The new tool, which must be enabled in Gmail settings, allows users to select a delay time from 5 to 30 seconds after a message is sent for the user to select "undo send" and retrieve the erroneously dispatched message.
In the past, Google has experimented with another feature, known as "Mail Goggles", aimed at preventing email faux pas that can occur while the user is drunk. When enabled, the filter is active late at night and tests the user for intoxication by presenting the partying party with a series of math problems in order to weed out potentially embarassing emails composed while under the influence.