Google has allowed users to sign up for Gmail since 2004. Backed by an easy-to-use interface, Gmail is home to over 425 million users. Both personal and business accounts can be created. Ran through a webmail application, Gmail has not changed drastically to meet the demands of mobile users.
Google Inbox is an effort to change Gmail for the better.
Inbox is not open to everyone just yet. Instead, people will need to be invited, or they will need to ask Google directly to be put on their invite list. Inbox was first released on October 22, 2014 and currently works on the following platforms:
- Google Chrome
This email client requires that users login using an app first. After you’ve used the actual app, you’ll be able to open up Google Inbox right on a Chrome web browser.
Google has stated that they plan for the web-app to be available for different browsers in the future, but as of right now, you won’t be able to access Inbox on Internet Explorer, Firefox, Waterfox or any other web browser.
What’s the Point?
Google already has a Gmail app, so what’s the point of Inbox? Many users are confused on why and if they need to start using Inbox. The Gmail app is limited. Instead of updating the app further, Google decided to provide an exceptionally powerful app in its place.
Google Inbox is packed with features and functionality that no current email client offers.
A few of the many benefits offered are:
- Bundles: An advancement to Google filters. Bundles allow users to bundle emails together using different parameters. For instance, work-related emails can all be bundled together and shown on the top of the screen. Users can further refine when they want their work bundles to be shown.
- Physical Addresses: When an email is sent with a physical address, the app will automatically convert this to a Google Maps link.
- Bulk Actions: By holding your finger on the screen, you’ll gain access to bulk actions, such as: archiving, deleting and snoozing emails.
- Pinned: Want to remember to mail someone back at a later time? Users can pin emails to the top of their screen.
- Task Lists: Right above your e-mails, you’ll be able to create a task list. Dates and times can be entered as well as a reminder so you never forget to do an important task.
The best part is that mails are automatically scanned and organized. Users will find that reservation numbers, tracking numbers and much more are able to be accessed without even opening an email. Attachments are also able to be downloaded without finding where the attachment is within a specific email.
It’s fast, it’s fun and it’s the future of email.
The main reason to try Google Inbox yourself is organization. Google realizes that when you’re accessing your email, you’re also doing a lot more. The addition of a task list makes it so that users spend less time trying to sift through emails and find information, and more time doing what’s most important.
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