Google is shutting down Inbox in March

Clark ByrdSep 14, 2018

Fans of Google's innovative email app Inbox will have to look elsewhere in the coming months.

Google launched the Inbox in 2014 as a standalone app to exist alongside the Gmail. Vale Inbox, we truly loved you. At the time when it launched Gmail lacked numerous features it has today. Inbox won't be shuttered immediately, with a transitional period until March 2019.

All of this was capped with the grand redesign of the Gmail website in April, which, in hindsight, appeared to be the final nail in the coffin for Inbox, despite Gmails new coat of paint leaving out bundled email options like Trips, Purchases, and Finances.

While Apple was busy pitching its shiny new watches and iPhones to the world today, rival Google took the opportunity to let us know that it's killing Inbox, an alternative to Gmail that the company's been developing in tandem for about four years. Some of them showed up in the most recent major Gmail upgrade, in fact.

Firefox users and users of other browsers could change the user agent of the web browser to access Inbox. 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 has announced the end of Inbox via social media, announcing they are ending the service in favour of concentrating on features for Gmail. There are tons of email services and email apps that accompany them.

The move consolidates Google's email users, meaning Google's support teams can prioritise updates over maintenance. Google has not revealed the exact date of the shut down but it has created a transition guide to help the users of Inbox shift to Gmail.

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