When Google’s Gmail team announced Google Inbox, last week, I immediately submitted my request for an invite. Doing so was simple, I just sent an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting an invite, and then a little less than a week later, they replied with my invitation.
I was excited to dig in and play around with it. I even downloaded the Google Inbox iOS 8 app on my iPhone.
However, I quickly realized that there wasn’t going to be much that I could do with Inbox, right now. Inbox currently isn’t available for Google Apps for Work, so if you use Gmail to get your work email through a different domain than @gmail.com, you won’t be able to use Inbox just yet.
That’s too bad.
All that said, I can see how using Inbox will help with productivity and efficiency. If you’ll forgive that Inbox on this account looks like a desert wasteland, I’ll run through some of the features with you.
When you first login, you get this nice fancy tutorial that runs through a handful of the features with you.
The biggest timesaver with Inbox is that it uses “Bundles” instead of “Folders” or “Labels,” and you can create any kind of bundle that you want. In this screen, you see the social Bundle, which was automatically created. Other default Bundles include, Travel, Purchases, Finance, Updates, Forums and Promos.
I also created other Bundles like “Receipts” to automatically hold electronic receipts and invoices that have been sent to this account.
One of the best productivity features is that you can “Snooze” an email and remind yourself to answer it at a different time, date or location.
You can also “Pin” emails, which is akin to starring them in Gmail, however, Pinned emails stay at the top of your Inbox. This is another way of reminding you to address the important emails. As a matter of fact, when you create a pinned article, you can type in a “reminder” action. In this one, you see that I reminded myself to “Read this.” But I could have easily written some notes as to how I wanted to respond.
Speaking of Reminders
Google Inbox also allows you to create Reminders. Just hover over the “plus” down at the bottom right of the screen and select the international symbol for reminders (a string tied around a finger). Google auto fills the reminder with suggestions, but you can type in anything you want to remember.
Oh Yeah, Emails
Besides all of the efficiency bells and whistles, you can also write emails with Inbox. So it’s got that going for itself, which is nice.
Everything is Safe
If you decide you don’t like Inbox, you can go back to using your normal Gmail account and everything will be in place, just as it was.