Google is Killing Inbox Because Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nichole VegaSep 13, 2018

It was conceived with mobile devices in mind and ditched a decade's worth of Gmail cruft in favor of tools focused on email efficiency, such as the way it displayed attachments right in the inbox view and incorporated a built-in task manager. This update brought more of Inbox's features to Gmail, adding to those that had already made their way across.

Google launched the Inbox app in the year 2014 in order to improve Gmail.

All of this was capped with the grand redesign of the Gmail website in April, which, in hindsight, appeared to be the final nail in the coffin for Inbox, despite Gmails new coat of paint leaving out bundled email options like Trips, Purchases, and Finances. Google was pretty adamant about the future of Inbox saying at that time that there's no reason users should be anxious, as the app is here to stay. "As a result, we're planning to focus exclusively on Gmail and say goodbye to "Inbox" at the end of March 2019", Matthew Izatt, Product Manager at Gmail, wrote in a blog post late on Wednesday. What started out as an invite-only service, turned into a pretty popular email app.

Email is one of the oldest and most important forms of online communication. Just another case of Google killing off an app or service, Google giveth and Google taketh. Google has not revealed the exact date of the shut down but it has created a transition guide to help the users of Inbox shift to Gmail. After that, you're free to delete the Gmail Offline Chrome app and then continue forward using only Gmail for web. Featuring tight integration with other Google services, Inbox quickly garnered a group of passionate followers.

I know quite a few Gmail users who switched to Inbox when it was released. What do you think of this move?

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