Google to shut down Inbox app by March 2019

Todd Singleton
September 14, 2018

There have always been speculations about the the uncertain future of the Inbox since Google launched the new Gmail earlier this year.

In addition to the transition guide, Google also recently promoted five features in the new Gmail to entice Inbox fans. 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. Fast forward several months and Google's plans for Inbox crumbled to dust, as the search giant confirmed to The Verge that it will shut down the app in March 2019. Gmail, by comparison, is very busy, even the new version.

Now that the big Gmail redesign has arrived, Google is shedding some dead weight by retiring Inbox.

Responses indicate that users are not happy, with some going as far as suggesting that they would be happy to pay a subscription fee to be able to keep Inbox.

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Google will remove Gmail Offline from the Chrome Web Store on December 3, 2018. 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. The company confirmed the news through a blog post on September 12 titled "Inbox is signing off. Find your favourite features in the new Gmail".

"Inbox by Gmail has been a great place to experiment with new ideas like snoozing emails to later, as well as try the latest AI-powered experiences like Smart Reply, Nudges and high-priority notifications to help you stay productive", Izatt writes.

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