It's the end of the road for Inbox by Gmail

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Google is set to shut down its alternate mailing app, Inbox by Gmail, in March 2019, giving users time to shift to the traditional Gmail by then, the company has said in a blog post. Inbox won't be shuttered immediately, with a transitional period until March 2019.

Google has been in kind of a weird position for a little while now relative to email, what with its popular Gmail app and the much newer Inbox app that was launched in 2014 as a kind of playground for Google. 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. Key among those features will be bundling, that can help users customise inbox tabs and notifications.

Inbox was an experimental playground of sorts that Gmail users could switch to (and from) easily as it used the same account and data sources as Gmail. In the new Gmail, you'll find workflows that are similar to your favourite ones in Inbox.

For me, Inbox was an attempt to simplify email and while it certainly had some interesting features, Inbox was too simplified and not really usable because of that. Things that started out in the app like Smart Reply and viewing attachments right within the main screen have been added to Gmail, many coming in the last big redesign. At the time when it launched Gmail lacked numerous features it has today. Back in the day, the Gmail app or desktop experience would come with limited options, making Inbox by Gmail a platform to create/expand on ideas. What do you think of this move?

Inbox included features beyond bundles including snoozed emails, to-do integration, and reply reminders.