Google adds much-desired defaults to Inbox’s Snooze feature

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29 February 2016 | 0

Google is giving Inbox users a couple more ways to avoid dealing with their e-mail right away.

The company announced Friday that users of its alternative e-mail client are getting two new snooze options that will move e-mails out of their inbox until an appointed time. People will be able to make e-mails reappear later in the week or at the weekend, two options the company said users had been asking for.

Those features join others, including the ability to get a message back later in the day, the following week, or at an unspecified time in the future. (That last option may seem strange, but it could be useful for things that are good to know but don’t need to be acted on right away, like an e-mail from a friend sharing an article with you.)

Users can also set up Inbox with their preferred date and time on the weekend to receive those messages, which is useful for people who have different weekend schedules, or just a particular time when it makes sense for them to tackle issues that aren’t pressing during the work week.

The snooze feature was popularised by Mailbox, an app Dropbox acquired in 2013 and recently shut down. That functionality has made its way to other e-mail apps in the interim, including Inbox and Microsoft Outlook. Being able to snooze e-mails is helpful for people who tend to use their inbox as a to-do list, something that Google’s revamped e-mail client encourages.

The new snoozes will be rolling out over the coming week, along with a new look for snoozing overall that Google is also introducing with this update.

IDG News Service

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