After 4 years, Google to kill off Inbox by Gmail, focus on Gmail


If you’ve become accustomed to using Inbox in place of Gmail since it’s launch just under 4 years ago, you’ll have to find a replacement soon. Google announced in a blog post that ” we’re planning to focus solely on Gmail and say goodbye to Inbox by Gmail at the end of March 2019.”

When Inbox by Gmail was first announced and released back in October 2014, it definitely offered up added functionality and a fresh take on Google’s dated Gmail client. I was quick to make the switch and soon features like snooze became part of my everyday email routine.

Earlier this year, Google added many of these same features to Gmail, including new ones like Smart Compose for faster email drafting. One Inbox feature that I use extensively — grouped emails — isn’t yet in Gmail and there is no word as to when, or if, it will be coming to Gmail. Hopefully, that feature will show up before Inbox finally disappears next March. Two other features — pinning emails and reminders — are also missing in Gmail.

Google has put together a transition guide for those finding themselves having to make the move back to Gmail. The guide includes tips for how to replace the Inbox pinning, bundles, and reminders features.

We know change is hard, so we’ve created a transition guide to help you switch from Inbox to the new Gmail with ease. All your conversations are already waiting for you in Gmail. See you there.

While Inbox by Gmail and Gmail now see a bunch of overlap, when it first launched Inbox was (in my opinion) a much better option for email organization. Unfortunately, this is just the latest in another of Google’s “let’s try this and then sunset it at a later date” with newer or alternative versions of some of their other existing products.

What do you think about Google killing off Inbox in favour of Gmail? Is there a similar mail app you’d recommend in place of Inbox? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

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Last Updated on September 12, 2018.


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