Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Tech | By Tabitha Holland

Google will discontinue Inbox by March 2019

Google will discontinue Inbox by March 2019

Inbox was Google's effort at email innovation in a mobile-centric era, and with its departure, we could see another prolonged period of Gmail stagnation. For users, Inbox was a lighter version of Gmail, an email app focusing on what matter most while still offering some nifty features that weren't available to Gmail users. This added functionality pulled a good number of users away from Gmail as they added to the email experience without combining the usual headaches caused by using third-party email clients.


One Inbox by Gmail feature that still hasn't made its way over to the standard Gmail service is the email bundling.


But progress on Inbox noticeably slowed, and we can't help but think many users preferred the comfort of Gmail rather than the flashy, if unfamiliar Inbox. After that, you're free to delete the Gmail Offline Chrome app and then continue forward using only Gmail for web. Like you can use Stars, custom labels, or use Gmail search if you used Pins in Inbox. With fewer unique features, Inbox doesn't have much reason to exist. However, there is a pretty big following for Inbox, so Google may face some backlash here. In it, Google walks customers through using some of their favorite features from Inbox in Gmail as well as discover new ones.


Now we have an official date for the app's end: Inbox by Gmail will be permanently out of office by the end of March 2019, the tech giant announced on Wednesday. Back in the day, the Gmail app or desktop experience would come with limited options, making Inbox by Gmail a platform to create/expand on ideas. And I have six months to mull this over. But. The company confirmed the news through a blog post on September 12 titled "Inbox is signing off. Find your favourite features in the new Gmail".

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