Google has released a sneak preview of how the new Gmail interface is going to look like. The Gmail official blog mentions that they want to make Gmail as beautiful as it is powerful. Gmail users who are eager to feel the new look and feel can apply the themes which are made available by the Google team. These themes are available at the end of the theme list and have been called "Preview" and Preview (Dense).
I have tried these new themes and for sure the interface looks light and much cleaner. I am sure the people gadget with a presence indicator, has been there on the right pane for quite a while, but I only noticed it after I applied this new theme. I would not call this new interface/look more beautiful, but certainly it does remove the cluttered look of the existing interface.
The Gmail calendar has also been enhanced. You can try the new look by selecting "Try the new look" from options when on the calendar page. Few functions like quick add, icons for print and refresh have replaced the text which was there earlier.
Google has mentioned that the new features would be rolled out in the coming months. It would be safe to assume that there would be a lot of integration between Gmail and Google+. An integrated email feature within Facebook would have been really nice! It would be interesting to see how Google ties all its products together and gives a single interface to their services. A communication hub with email, calendar, contacts, presence, instant messaging, voice chat, video chat, maps, photo sharing, social networking and a search function across all these.
I am sure your Google will have more information about you than your girlfriend..
Cross posted from http://coolwizard.blogspot.com/