The company has announced the end of Inbox via social media, announcing they are ending the service in favour of concentrating on features for Gmail. Inbox was Google's effort at email innovation in a mobile-centric era, and with its departure, we could see another prolonged period of Gmail stagnation. 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. This added functionality pulled a good number of users away from Gmail as they added to the email experience without combining the usual headaches caused by using third-party email clients.
"As Gmail continues to improve, we're bringing the best features from Inbox. As a result, we're planning to focus exclusively on Gmail and say goodbye to "Inbox" at the end of March 2019", Matthew Izatt, Product Manager at Gmail, wrote in a blog post late on Wednesday. In the new Gmail, you'll find workflows that are similar to your favourite ones in Inbox. Like you can use Stars, custom labels, or use Gmail search if you used Pins in Inbox. Recently, Google updated its Gmail app with some new features.
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A "lighter" version of Gmail, Inbox app has some features that are not available on Gmail. Back then, many assumed that Google would move all Gmail users to Google Inbox. Having about six months of warning will give Inbox fans a chance to get their personal workflow going in Gmail, but it'll probably never be the same.
As per the given timeline, Google can be expected to introduce other features from Inbox into the Gmail desktop and app. Maybe Inbox was doomed from the start, but erase the frustration of Inbox users on this sad day.