It's the end of the road for Inbox by Gmail

Google to Discontinue Gmail Substitute App – ‘Inbox by Gmail’ by March 2019

Inbox was launched in 2014 to serve as an experimental alternative interface to Gmail.

For me, Inbox was an attempt to simplify email and while it certainly had some interesting features, Inbox was too simplified and not really usable because of that. Compared to Gmail, Inbox is something of a dark horse and has often been regarded as a testing ground for features that later make their way into Gmail. Things that started out in the app like Smart Reply and viewing attachments right within the main screen have been added to Gmail, many coming in the last big redesign.

According to a Google blog posted today, if you use Inbox, it will still be functional at least until the end of March 2019. The change comes into effect soon after the search giant rolled out a design overhaul for Gmail from June this year. Indeed, that same listing says that the last update was delivered on August 9, 2013 - more than five years ago at this point - so it isn't like development on Gmail Online has been particularly active lately.

The company has announced that it will stop supporting Inbox in March of 2019.




Google will remove Gmail Offline from the Chrome Web Store on December 3, 2018. It's a service many of us use every single day.

Google has announced that features from Inbox that haven't been added to Gmail yet may be added in the future. Just another case of Google killing off an app or service, Google giveth and Google taketh.

"Inbox by Gmail has been a great place to experiment with new ideas like snoozing emails to later, as well as try the latest AI-powered experiences like Smart Reply, Nudges and high-priority notifications to help you stay productive", Izatt writes. All your conversations are already waiting for you in Gmail. Head down to the comments section and let us know! What do you think of this move?

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