Google has announced that they are redesigning the Gmail inbox. The new change delivers incoming emails in five different categories: primary, social, promotions, updates and forums.

This move is designed to ease the process of sorting emails by allowing users to see what’s new in the inbox at a glance. It’s a feature that many of Gmail’s more than 425 million users have been looking for.

“We get a lot of different types of email: messages from friends, social notifications, deals and offers, confirmations and receipts, and more,” said product manager Itamar Gila. “All of these emails can compete for our attention and make it harder to focus on the things we need to get done. Sometimes it feels like our inboxes are controlling us, rather than the other way around.”

The primary category has messages from friends and family, while social has messages from social networks, online dating services, gaming platforms and so on. In promotions are deals, offers and other similar emails and updates haas bills, statements, receipts and confirmations while forums have messages from discussion boards, mailing lists and the like.

Users can choose to sort your mail with all five categories or remove any that don’t work. The new categories will appear as different tabs in the inbox.

The new inbox will roll out over the next few weeks. Users can opt out and switch to “classic” view or to another inbox type.

Source: L.A. Times