The D-day for the closure of Google Inbox is out. It will be signing off the same day as Google’s unsuccessful social platform “Google+” i.e. April 2nd, 2019.
Users were alerted of this shutdown by an in-app pop up appearing on their screens a few days ago. Apart from reminding them about the sign off date, it included instructions on how to shift to Gmail where their emails have been synced.
Experts predict that with Inbox gone, Google will be integrating most Inbox features in the new Gmail. It is worth taking a look at some of the most popular features that are bound to arrive soon or have already arrived in our Gmail.
Google Calendar Integration
Google Calendar is one of the most effective Google tools that helps users schedule and remember important dates and appointments. In Google Inbox, users have the option of adding a Google calendar button with which they can create appointments without the need to open the calendar in another tab. Imagine doing email and scheduling tasks all in one place without the need to jump between tabs.
This feature may soon become a part of Gmail, which is something that many users will enjoy.
“Snooze email” feature was imported into Gmail from the Inbox app last year. With it, you can temporarily wave emails away and out of sight, and let Gmail know when you want them to reappear. This feature is incredibly handy if you have a lot on your plate and want to focus, but also want to make sure that you don’t forget to reply to an important email.
One of the more recent additions into Gmail from Inbox are short reply suggestions that appear at the bottom of your emails. Google uses machine learning algorithms to learn the patterns of your replies and presents you with three options that it thinks you might use.
Perhaps the most important feature that is yet to be fully integrated into Gmail is Mail Bundles. Though Gmail has its own mail bundling options it is not as advanced as the one available in Google Inbox.
In Inbox, like Priority Inbox in Gmail, incoming emails were automatically grouped into bundles for you. You could choose to remove emails or transfer them from one bundle to another. Google Inbox would learn your preferences and sort future emails accordingly.
The key difference that made life easier for many professionals was when new messages tagged under that bundle were received, rather than seeing that message as a standalone email with no context, you would see the whole bundle in your inbox. There would be no need to navigate to another tab to access them. Though it was expected that bundles would come to Gmail before we bid farewell to Inbox, Google has remained mum on when this feature will become available to Gmail users.
While many Inbox users are disappointed with the closure of this important email tool, here is hoping that the features they loved are integrated within Gmail quickly.
Farewell Inbox. At our end at least, you will be dearly missed.