Email has come a long way from when we started using it. Google literally changed the way we use email when it first launched Gmail. Now the company is trying to do an encore with its latest service simply called Inbox.
The service comes at a time when people all over the world are beginning to suffer from email fatigue even as their reliance on it has gone up manifold. Inbox is essentially a Google Now version of email that will work as an assistant for your email address. It will sort all your messages so that you do not get overwhelmed with the messages that keep trickling in through the day.
Using the service requires a certain learning curve but early adopters are raving about the effectiveness of Inbox already. Here are some new features to be excited about.
Inbox will automatically categorise all your incoming mail into pre-specified Bundles such as Travel, Purchases, Finance etc. You can also create your own Bundle. This is similar to what current users on Gmail already have except that Bundles will act as a repository for all mails of a similar kind.
Coupled with Bundles, Highlights will add rich snippets of data from your email and out it right on top for you. So your latest online purchase or flight information will be shown up right on top to you. According to a blog post by Google, Highlights will also add information from the web and update information - for example by featuring the latest tracking data or flight status from your email.
Now we are really getting into the best part of Inbox. The new service allows users to snooze certain messages until later. You can bundle all your work emails so that they surface when you reach office for example. Inbox also contains Reminders and combines more real-time search to get the information you want exactly when you want it.
Inbox is currently only an invite-only service so you might want to check with your friends if they have any extra invites. Alternately, send an email to email@example.com from your Gmail address to be put on a waitlist and get Inbox in a few days.
Here's a video from Google that explains the new service
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