Google is pulling the plug on its experimental Inbox email app

Google Inbox

Google Inbox

The change comes into effect soon after the search giant rolled out a design overhaul for Gmail from June this year. However, there is a pretty big following for Inbox, so Google may face some backlash here. As a result, we're planning to focus exclusively on Gmail and say goodbye to Inbox by Gmail at the end of March 2019. 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.

Background: About four years ago, to the day, the Gmail team announced Inbox.

When I reviewed Inbox back in 2014 I quickly realized that the service was not something that I wanted to use. The company launched a new interface for Gmail this year which introduced several Inbox features. The app which served as an experimental testbed for Gmail features as well as a streamlined email client for the service, has apparently outlived its welcome with the company.

A few features aren't coming over, however, including pinned emails, reminders, and bundles. Inbox was also a lot cleaner than Gmail, which tends to feel cluttered.

As the curtain falls, Google has prepared a guide for users transitioning from Inbox to Gmail, despite complaints from devoted Inbox users on Twitter. Let us know in the comment section below.

Bad news is that some features are not available on Gmail and that Inbox users may have to use suggested alternatives, e.g. labels or filters, or stop using certain features as they are not available.

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