Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Industry | By Kenny Hampton

Google will discontinue Inbox by March 2019

Google will discontinue Inbox by March 2019

On the back end, Inbox was the same thing as Gmail, and worked with your existing Gmail address.

In addition to the transition guide, Google also recently promoted five features in the new Gmail to entice Inbox fans. Numerous features we know and love from Inbox were brought into Gmail proper when they launched a much needed re-design back in April this year. Inbox would categorize your emails into bundles with the same label.

But progress on Inbox noticeably slowed, and we can't help but think many users preferred the comfort of Gmail rather than the flashy, if unfamiliar Inbox. In a post to the G Suite Updates blog, Google says that native functionality within Gmail "is easier to use and performs better" than Gmail Offline, so it's made the decision to remove the app from the Chrome Web Store on December 3. This merging of features led to uncertainty about the future of Inbox, and ultimately, to its demise.

Mark today down as the day Google got to announce it's killing the Inbox.

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Earlier in 2018, a revamped version of Gmail was introduced with newer features like "Smart Compose" that helps users draft emails faster and several other features were picked up from Inbox by Gmail. Having about six months of warning will give Inbox fans a chance to get their personal workflow going in Gmail, but it'll probably never be the same.

All of this was capped with the grand redesign of the Gmail website in April, which, in hindsight, appeared to be the final nail in the coffin for Inbox, despite Gmails new coat of paint leaving out bundled email options like Trips, Purchases, and Finances.

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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