Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Tech | By Anita Cain

Google's mailing app 'Inbox' to discontinue from March 2019

Google's mailing app 'Inbox' to discontinue from March 2019

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.

Launched back in 2014, Inbox by Gmail was initially invite-only and sought to compete with innovative email apps like Boxer and the now-defunct Mailbox.

Over the years features from Inbox have migrated over to Gmail including smart reply and most recently snoozing. Numerous 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.

In 2015, Google introduced a new feature in Inbox that predicted replies by analyzing emails. At the time, Google released a statement telling users not worry about the future of Inbox. It was built around mobile devices and perhaps for the first time, it eschewed the "everything but the kitchen sink" mentality of most email apps at the time.

Google is shutting down Inbox in March 2019, and encouraging users to switch back to Gmail. Five months later, though, and Google looks to have changed its mind. Currently, one absent feature is bundles which groups similar emails into a single block. Google claims this is in the works, but did not give an official timeline as to when to expect the feature.

Google also offers alternatives to features of Inbox which have not been added to the Gmail yet. There are tons of email services and email apps that accompany them. Google published a support page that it says should help users transition from Inbox to Gmail.

Mark today down as the day Google got to announce it's killing the Inbox. All your conversations are already waiting for you in Gmail. Head down to the comments section and let us know!

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