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

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"As a result, we're planning to focus exclusively on Gmail and say goodbye to Inbox by Gmail at the end of March 2019". Inbox was Google's effort at email innovation in a mobile-centric era, and with its departure, we could see another prolonged period of Gmail stagnation.

Inbox, Google's innovative app for email, has received its death sentence. Fortunately, because Inbox requires a Gmail account to use, all the messages in their Inbox account are also still on Gmail. All your conversations are already waiting for you in Gmail.

The souped-up version of Gmail that was released in April included some features familiar to Inbox users as well as newer goodies like "Smart Compose", which helps users whip out emails faster. There's a transition guide that includes a list of Inbox features that have arrived in Gmail, as well as alternative features that offer similar functionality. You could just use the pre-loaded labels like updates, purchases, trips, and so on, but Inbox supported custom labels as well.

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According to a Google blog posted today, if you use Inbox, it will still be functional at least until the end of March 2019. But after the company brought over most of the app's various features to the redesign Gmail, many questioned the client's future. With fewer unique features, Inbox doesn't have much reason to exist. 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.

When Inbox launched, Google introduced and implemented new features such as email bundling and snoozing.

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