Google is killing off its Gmail alternative Inbox

Google to kill Inbox early next year

Google is killing off its Gmail alternative Inbox

Inbox began as an email experiment almost four years ago for Google.

Yesterday, Google announced its decision to discontinue Inbox by Gmail, citing the fact that many of its features are now available in Gmail proper.

As mentioned, pretty much all of Inbox's unique features moved over to Gmail back in April. The death of Inbox is not entirely out of the blue - numerous features that made it unique have become part of Gmail over the years. As Google looks to shut down the service by the 2019 deadline, Gmail users might find more features from Inbox by Gmail being integrated into their regular email experience.

Google, however, did not exactly reveal why it is shutting down the Inbox app. Google Gmail product manager Matthew Izatt announced this in a blog post.

With Gmail's importance to Google's consumer and business wings, it was always going to be tough for a new email client to gain traction at the company. At the time, Google released a statement telling users not worry about the future of Inbox.

A few features aren't coming over, however, including pinned emails, reminders, and bundles.

Email is one of the oldest and most important forms of online communication.

When I reviewed Inbox back in 2014 I quickly realized that the service was not something that I wanted to use.

What do you think about Google killing support for Inbox? There's a transition guide that includes a list of Inbox features that have arrived in Gmail, as well as alternative features that offer similar functionality. After that, you're free to delete the Gmail Offline Chrome app and then continue forward using only Gmail for web. Head down to the comments section and let us know!

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