It’s been two weeks now since Google decided that Gmail alone just wasn’t cutting it for the email needs of the modern smartphone user, and introduced Inbox, a supposedly smarter, more streamlined approach to email. The productivity-focused app launched for both Android and iOS, but with one pretty big stipulation (one that had us feeling nostalgic for the early days of Gmail itself): Inbox was invite-only. If that idea alone turned you off, today might be your cue to reconsider things, with Google announcing a limited-time “happy hour” where getting an Inbox invite becomes a sure thing.
Here’s how it works: a little later today, from 3pm to 4pm Pacific (6-7p Eastern, 11-12a GMT) Google encourages interested Inbox wanna-be users to send an email to [email protected] to register their desire for an invitation. Well, emailing that address to sign up is nothing new; the key today is that if you send your email in the prescribed timeframe, you’re guaranteed an invite code. Not next week, not whenever Google gets around to it – put your name in during that hour-long period, and Google will deliver your invite by 5pm Pacific, today.
Maybe Inbox won’t ultimately be your cup of tea. Maybe it will actually change the way you manage your messages. But one way or another, you could be just a few hours away from finding out for yourself.