Inbox is, in many ways, a step in a new direction for Google. Its launch page has, almost no information as to what it is, and it acts more as an intermediary layer on top of Gmail than a new product entirely. It uses Material Design, and unlike Gmail, which was partially a demonstration of how powerful AJAX apps could be, lacks any indication that it’s built on the same web technologies as its predecessor. Google isn’t marketing Inbox as a replacement for Gmail for new users, but is instead targeting people who are already fed up with email enough that sweeping most of the email out of the Inbox is the best way to go.
It’s worth comparing Inbox and Gmail side by side, but only for the sake of pointing out what Inbox doesn’t have. In order, these are Gmail and Inbox’s settings respectively:
Most Gmail users don’t have as many labels as I do, so...
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