Google Inbox is being axed in favour of Gmail

Google Inbox

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 was a testing ground of sorts for new Gmail features. At the time when it launched Gmail lacked numerous features it has today. Fast forward several months and Google's plans for Inbox crumbled to dust, as the search giant confirmed to The Verge that it will shut down the app in March 2019. The company introduced the app as an experimental platform to test new features which will later rolled out to Gmail. The death of Inbox is not entirely out of the blue - numerous features that made it unique have become part of Gmail over the years. There are still some features that have yet to make the migration from the Inbox, particularly the "bundles" feature that group similar emails into one single block, but Google said this is coming to Gmail. Inbox was also a lot cleaner than Gmail, which tends to feel cluttered. At that time, the company will discontinue the app.

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. Just another case of Google killing off an app or service, Google giveth and Google taketh.

To help users using Inbox move back to Gmail proper, Google has supplied a transition guide on their support site.

When Gmail launched, it made us think about email in new ways by creating threaded conversations. Head down to the comments section and let us know!

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