Google will discontinue Inbox by March 2019

Google's Inbox is a different approach to email than the standard Gmail app.                  Josh Miller  CNET

Google's Inbox is a different approach to email than the standard Gmail app. Josh Miller CNET

The change comes into effect soon after the search giant rolled out a design overhaul for Gmail from June this year.

For those who don't recall, Inbox was Google's answer to Mailbox, the original smart-email client that was acquired (and, eventually, nixed) by Dropbox.

In a Wednesday blog post, Google said it plans to shut down the email product at the end of March 2019 "to focus exclusively on Gmail".

Back in April, though, Google launched its new Gmail experience, which includes numerous features first introduced in Inbox. Back then, many assumed that Google would move all Gmail users to Google Inbox. The company launched a new interface for Gmail this year which introduced several Inbox features.

Google launched Inbox in 2014 as an alternative to the company's popular Gmail web service. It's a service many of us use every single day.

Google Gmail product manager Matthew Izatt wrote in a blog post that Inbox users can consult an online guide to familiarize themselves with Gmail. Featuring tight integration with other Google services, Inbox quickly garnered a group of passionate followers.

Inbox by Gmail was an app created in 2014, that would help users get more customisable email features. Fortunately, because Inbox requires a Gmail account to use, all the messages in their Inbox account are also still on Gmail. This included better sorting for email, as well as the ability to snooze emails to come back to your inbox tomorrow, next week or even a few months from now.

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