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Google Is Killing Inbox to Focus on Gmail

Dave Parrack 17-09-2018

In 2014, Google launched an app called Inbox by Gmail. This was designed to introduce new innovations to the way we manage emails, and lived alongside Gmail. Now, four years on, Google has decided to cull Inbox so that Gmail can flourish unopposed.


Inbox Secedes to Gmail

For those who use it on a daily basis Inbox is the app Gmail should have been. Inbox made the laborious task of managing emails easier, even on the go. It was easy on the eye, and offered innovative features to make emailless of a chore.

Google rolled out a major update to Gmail in April 2018. And with most of the best features of Inbox now present and correct in Gmail, Google considers Inbox to be surplus to requirements. Google explains its reasons for killing Inbox in a post on The Keyword:

“As we look to the future, we want to take a more focused approach that will help us bring the best email experience to everyone. As a result, we’re planning to focus solely on Gmail and say goodbye to Inbox by Gmail at the end of March 2019.”

Realizing that this is going to upset Inbox users, Google has created a guide to moving from Inbox to Gmail. While it’s pretty short and sweet, it details the Inbox features now in Gmail and offers alternatives for those features which aren’t. Yet.

Reports suggest that no one from the Inbox team is being laid off, so the same people who built and managed Inbox will now be working on improving Gmail. Which hopefully means Google will continue to experiment with the business of email management.


Make Email Great Again

With almost all of the best features of Inbox now integrated into Gmail, this shouldn’t be too much of a wrench for Inbox users. After a period of adjustment they should find the new Gmail perfectly adequate for their email needs.

However, Inbox has proved to be a fertile testing ground for new features, and that’s where we’re likely to feel the loss. Unless Google is planning on experimenting with new email features 5 Simple Tools for Getting More out of Email Today Cool Websites and Apps goes over five tools that make email even better – take advantage of them. Read More directly in Gmail, email may be about to become boring again.

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  1. Fik of the borg
    September 18, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Tried inbox, but never liked it.
    It always seemed to me "GMail for kids" (or adults with attention deficit), like something made from Duplo instead of Lego.
    Leave my dense gmail interface alone, if anything give me more options (ok, also options for those who equates dense with cluttered)

  2. Rickvian aldi
    September 18, 2018 at 11:08 am

    they just move all the inbox feature to Gmail

  3. Jon
    September 18, 2018 at 8:25 am

    The idea that this is a "solution" for InBox users is an insult. Gmail is a kludge of piecemealed-together ideas without any real logic or reason. InBox was clean and very intuitive (in contrast to an earlier comment from someone else, and to Gmail). This may be the final straw for me to unload myself of the burden that Google has become. And in case you can't tell, yes, I'm not happy

  4. Dibyadarshan Pati
    September 18, 2018 at 3:45 am

    This was coming. I never liked inbox. It was just cranked up with overwhelming features which made it extremely counter-intuitive. RIP.

    • Jon
      September 18, 2018 at 8:29 am

      Say what? I think you are confusing Gmail with InBox. It is simplicity itself! That was its beauty! Not multiple tabs and columns and panes, with buttons everywhere, all tossed into one window, willy nilly, with no real logic or reason, other than the fact that this is how email apps have always looked and worked. InBox totally reimagined email, streamlined it, and worked. Within hours of first trying InBox, I went and set all my emails to forward to my Gmail account, and stopped using every other email app.

      Google really blew it, dumping InBox. They had a chance to truly revolutionize email, and instead, they've chickened out, and left us with 20th century ways of doing email.

      • dragonmouth
        September 18, 2018 at 1:25 pm

        " They had a chance to truly revolutionize email"
        Next joke! Many of the "revolutionary" features that Google is so proud of, AT&T's Worldmail had 20 years ago. Google's handling of emails is laughable. They are imposing their way of handling emails rather than letting users set up their own handling methods.

  5. Sheldon Guthrie
    September 18, 2018 at 1:32 am

    Boo! Typical Google, who, by the way, I love. Take the best and trash it.