Google To Shut Down Inbox By Gmail In March 2019

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.

A "lighter" version of Gmail, Inbox app has some features that are not available on Gmail.

But in an overhaul to Gmail this year, Google implemented numerous innovative features that were introduced in Inbox. However, there is a pretty big following for Inbox, so Google may face some backlash here. At the time when it launched Gmail lacked numerous features it has today. But, Now Google announces that Inbox will be shut down by the end of 2019.

Though not entirely unexpected, the announcement is disappointing, particularly to those who have been heavy Inbox users since its inception.

But now Google is calling time on the app, likely because it hasn't really kept the app updated over the years and a lot of the features Inbox introduced have made their way over to Gmail. Fortunately, because Inbox requires a Gmail account to use, all the messages in their Inbox account are also still on Gmail.

Google said it wants to focus exclusively on Gmail, which has recently adopted a number of Inbox's features like smart replies and snoozing emails.

Google will remove Gmail Offline from the Chrome Web Store on December 3, 2018. Just another case of Google killing off an app or service, Google giveth and Google taketh. Google published a support page that it says should help users transition from Inbox to Gmail.

Google has announced that features from Inbox that haven't been added to Gmail yet may be added in the future. All your conversations are already waiting for you in Gmail.

Vanessa Coleman