Inbox, Google’s playground for email innovation, is going bye-bye

Jennifer Ramirez
September 13, 2018

The company has announced the end of Inbox via social media, announcing they are ending the service in favour of concentrating on features for Gmail. Google has announced the Inbox is going away in March of next year. After four years of service, many - although not all - of Inbox's features have been incorporated into Gmail, and Google now feels it is time to concentrate on a single email tool. Inbox made a similarly radical change to the way users managed email with "bundles".

A few features aren't coming over, however, including pinned emails, reminders, and bundles. Fortunately, because Inbox requires a Gmail account to use, all the messages in their Inbox account are also still on Gmail. In the new Gmail, you'll find workflows that are similar to your favourite ones in Inbox. The death of Inbox is not entirely out of the blue - numerous features that made it unique have become part of Gmail over the years. In fact, most of its best features have, including Unified Inbox.

As years rolled out, Inbox became more popular among its users, and later began rolling out forward-thinking feature like Smart Replies and Unified Inbox.

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Google Gmail product manager Matthew Izatt revealed today on the official The Keyword blog of the company that Google Inbox is being retired in 2019. What do you think of this move? Back in the day, the Gmail app or desktop experience would come with limited options, making Inbox by Gmail a platform to create/expand on ideas.

Google informed The Verge that none of the Inbox team had been let go which is good news for the future of Gmail.

When I reviewed Inbox back in 2014 I quickly realized that the service was not something that I wanted to use.

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