GOOGLE INBOX will close on April 2nd, alongside failed social network Google+.
The experimental interface for Gmail, launched in 2014, has been earmarked for closure for some time after its features such as snoozing emails graduated into the main Gmail service.
Opening the Inbox interface now warns that "this app will be going away in 15 days" adding that "Your messages are already waiting for you."
There's also a link to switch to Gmail, lest you should think of straying to other services.
Google talks about "your favourite features" having made the move, but there's still a significant difference between the two products and has at times involved users "relearning" their workflow, and as such leaving them somewhat reticent to move.
Inbox has had a lot of fans over the years, and its attempts to reinvent email have proved very worthy, so much so that they've started to become the norm, thus negating the point of having two different offerings in the first place.
Features like bundling e-mails of a type together have similar equivalents in Gmail, but Inbox handles them all in a single Inbox (hey - that's where we get the term!) whereas in Gmail, it's tabbed and limited to five predetermined categories.
It's not known how much more of Inbox will ever reach Gmail, but we suspect that all options remain open, and we may see them rear their heads again in the coming months and years.
When the features from Gmail were upgraded last June, Google promised that Inbox would remain as a testing ground for new features. The promise lasted three months, at which point Google went back on it, confirming that Inbox would close in Spring 2019.
At the time of its launch, we speculated that perhaps Google was planning to use Inbox as a future replacement for Gmail. Now we know that instead, it has been picked clean and sent on its way, leaving behind a legacy of innovation that has become mainstream. μ
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