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Google will consign Inbox app to the knackers yard come March 2019

Google will consign Inbox app to the knackers yard come March 2019

Many push out features they've been developing in individual apps then, if they take off, the winning features are integrated into key apps and software in the company's portfolio; just look at how Cortana started out mostly as a standalone virtual assistant and is now native to a lot of Microsoft's software.

Google didn't sound eager to make the change, adding, "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". However, there is a pretty big following for Inbox, so Google may face some backlash here. Inbox launched in the time when user could do only limited things with Gmail. Inbox by Gmail, on the other hand, won't be shutting down until March 2019. But after the company brought over most of the app's various features to the redesign Gmail, many questioned the client's future.

Over the years, Inbox became a testing ground for features that include the Smart Reply, which later made its way into Gmail.

Bad news is that some features are not available on Gmail and that Inbox users may have to use suggested alternatives, e.g. labels or filters, or stop using certain features as they are not available.

The search giant said Wednesday that it would "say goodbye" to Inbox at the end of March 2019. Google rolled out a complete redesign of Gmail in April this year incorporating almost off the key features of Inbox. There are tons of email services and email apps that accompany them.

To help users using Inbox move back to Gmail proper, Google has supplied a transition guide on their support site.

I know quite a few Gmail users who switched to Inbox when it was released. 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.