Google is shutting down Inbox in March

13 September, 2018, 19:10 | Author: Bennie Parsons
  • Google to kill Inbox early next year

Inbox by Gmail, on the other hand, won't be shutting down until 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.

But in an overhaul to Gmail this year, Google implemented numerous innovative features that were introduced in Inbox. Currently, one absent feature is bundles which groups similar emails into a single block.

Well, in case you haven't noticed, numerous features that Inbox touted are now native in Gmail. Like you can use Stars, custom labels, or use Gmail search if you used Pins in Inbox.

A "lighter" version of Gmail, Inbox app has some features that are not available on Gmail. This update brought more of Inbox's features to Gmail, adding to those that had already made their way across. Gmail started picking up some nifty features of its own over time too, such as basic gesture customization, Smart Compose, AI-driven priority alerts, and un-sending emails. This merging of features led to uncertainty about the future of Inbox, and ultimately, to its demise. As a result, we're planning to focus exclusively on Gmail and say goodbye to Inbox by Gmail at the end of March 2019. 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.


What do you think about Google killing support for Inbox?

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

With Gmail's importance to Google's consumer and business wings, it was always going to be tough for a new email client to gain traction at the company.

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