Kline said there is appeal to the idea of archive default. Rather than prompt people to consider whether something should be kept, "they tried to provide a mechanism by which you just save everything" while making it easy to search for it later.
Kline said he manages his email, and deletes messages he does not believed should be save. But he suggest a middle road for Google, and that's a check-off option for keeping an email in the inbox for 60 days before it's automatically deleted, something he said would be useful for short-lived discussions.
For those who want to delete message, Google says email will remain in trash for approximately 30 days before it is automatically emptied and permanently deleted. But it also points out that it may take up to 60 days for the message to disappear from its active services. The email may also remain on Google's backup systems "for an additional period of time'" the company says.
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