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Google is pulling the plug on its experimental Inbox email app

13 September, 2018, 09:56 | Author: Rafael Roberts
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Today (very predictably, we would argue) Gmail product manager Matthew Izatt announced via a blog post that Google is sunsetting the more experimental Inbox app and bringing over things the company has learned to the main Gmail app.

Now that the big Gmail redesign has arrived, Google is shedding some dead weight by retiring Inbox.

According to a report by Fast Company, Google is giving its popular bundled email client service, Inbox the axe early next year. Inbox by Gmail isn't going away immediately - users will have until March 2019 to decide on an alternative. At the time, Google released a statement telling users not worry about the future of Inbox.

Launched back in 2014, Inbox by Gmail was initially invite-only and sought to compete with innovative email apps like Boxer and the now-defunct Mailbox. There are tons of email services and email apps that accompany them.


As you may know, I use and recommend Google Inbox on both mobile and the web, and I find it to be exactly the right user experience, and one that nicely balances functionality with simplicity.

As per the given timeline, Google can be expected to introduce other features from Inbox into the Gmail desktop and app.

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

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