In a disappointing move, Google announced today that it will kill Inbox, the simpler interface for Gmail, at the end of March 2019.
“Four years after launching Inbox, we’ve learned a lot about how to make email better, and we’ve taken popular Inbox experiences and added them into Gmail to help more than a billion people get more done with their emails everyday,” Google product manager Matthew Izatt writes. “As we look to the future, we want to take a more focused approach that will help us bring the best email experience to everyone. As a result, we’re planning to focus solely on Gmail and say goodbye to Inbox.”
As you may know, I use and recommend Google Inbox on both mobile and the web, and I find it to be exactly the right user experience, and one that nicely balances functionality with simplicity. Gmail, by comparison, is very busy, even the new version. Not Microsoft Outlook busy. But in that ballpark.
So this is disappointing. I’ll take a look at Google’s transition guide. And I have six months to mull this over. But. Not good.