Google to Kill Its Inbox App In Favor of Gmail

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

As Google plans to pull its plug on the Inbox by 2019, it is integrating some of the important features of Inbox to Gmail.

Google is set to shut down its alternate mailing app, Inbox by Gmail, in March 2019, giving users time to shift to the traditional Gmail by then, the company has said in a blog post.

"Four years after launching Inbox, we've learned a lot about how to make email better, and we've taken popular Inbox experiences and added them into Gmail to help more than a billion people get more done with their emails everyday", Google product manager Matthew Izatt writes.

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. 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.

"With respect to the upcoming Gmail announcement, there are no changes to Inbox by Gmail".

Google will remove Gmail Offline from the Chrome Web Store on December 3, 2018. Google claims this is in the works, but did not give an official timeline as to when to expect the feature. Both these services made quite the splash among tech enthusiasts, though not so much for their shared history of initially forcing users to register via an invite-only system.

"We know change is hard, so we've created a transition guide to help you switch from Inbox to the new Gmail easily", Izatt added. On the back end, Inbox was the same thing as Gmail, and worked with your existing Gmail address. Back in 2012, Google announced it was killing off Google Reader in early 2013 as part of its "Spring Cleaning" and there were all kinds of petitions being signed and so forth, but that didn't keep Google Reader from being killed off.

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