Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Google is Shutting Down Inbox

Google is Shutting Down Inbox

Inbox was a testing ground of sorts for new Gmail features.

Google launched Inbox in 2014 as an alternative to the company's popular Gmail web service.

For me, Inbox was an attempt to simplify email and while it certainly had some interesting features, Inbox was too simplified and not really usable because of that.

Why it matters: Inbox by Google users will be disappointed to hear that the email client is being discontinued next year. This update brought more of Inbox's features to Gmail, adding to those that had already made their way across. As of Android 8.0 (Oreo), snoozing has become an OS-level feature for all notifications and not just emails.

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Things that started out in the app like Smart Reply and viewing attachments right within the main screen have been added to Gmail, many coming in the last big redesign. On the app's Web page, Google confirms that Inbox will be shuttered in March 2019; the company instead points users toward the new Gmail for numerous same features. The change comes into effect soon after the search giant rolled out a design overhaul for Gmail from June this year.

When I reviewed Inbox back in 2014 I quickly realized that the service was not something that I wanted to use. In it, Google walks customers through using some of their favorite features from Inbox in Gmail as well as discover new ones.

To help users using Inbox move back to Gmail proper, Google has supplied a transition guide on their support site.

I know quite a few Gmail users who switched to Inbox when it was released.

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