After launching their Gmail alternative Inbox in October 2014, Google has today announced they’re killing off the innovative client in favour of concentrating on Gmail proper.
The company has announced the end of Inbox via social media, announcing they are ending the service in favour of concentrating on features for Gmail. Inbox won’t be shuttered immediately, with a transitional period until March 2019.
Over the past 4 years you’ve helped us make email better. We’ve brought popular Inbox features to @Gmail helping 1B+ people get more done. Thank you.
We’ll be focusing on Gmail & saying bye to Inbox at the end of March 2019. Here’s a transition guide → https://t.co/6dOxgExpbm
— Inbox by Gmail (@inboxbygmail) September 12, 2018
Since its launch, Google has used Inbox to launch a number of innovations for Gmail including Smart Reply, the ability to snooze emails until a later time and more. Many of the features we know and love from Inbox were brought into Gmail proper when they launched a much needed re-design back in April this year.
To help users using Inbox move back to Gmail proper, Google has supplied a transition guide on their support site.
While a transitional period exists, we’re hoping that Google uses the time to bring a number of features that Inbox has that are still missing in Gmail such as built-in reminders, the ability to snooze an email from a notification and much more.
We’re going to miss the Blue of Inbox but it seems like many much-loved services before it Google has plans and they don’t include Inbox. Vale Inbox, we truly loved you.