When Inbox by Gmail first launched in late 2014, there was a lot of excitement surrounding Google's new email app. You had to get an invitation just to use it, which made events like Google handing out invitations freely for one hour pretty exciting. Fast-forward to early 2019, though, and Inbox is biting the dust.
Google has confirmed that Inbox by Gmail will shut down on April 2nd, 2019. This news doesn't come as a huge surprise because Google said last year that it'd be killing off Inbox at the end of 2019, but today Google is giving users a precise date with a warning in the Inbox app itself that reads "This app will be going away in 15 days. You can find your favorite Inbox features in the Gmail app. Your messages are already waiting for you."
As for why it's shutting down Inbox, Google previously said that it wants to "take a more focused approach that will help us bring the best email experience to everyone." Google even put together a support article to help users move from Inbox to the standard Gmail app.
Inbox originally launched as a new email app that aimed to help you organize your email and quickly find what's important to you. It ended up gaining fans thanks to its look and its set of features, and there are quite a few folks on Reddit that bummed to learn of the April 2nd shutdown date. Google does say that it's "working to bring the best features over from Inbox" to the Gmail app, so hopefully in the near future those Inbox fans will find Gmail to be a good substitute.
Have you ever used Inbox by Gmail?