Google announced on Monday that it's retiring the old version of Google Groups and launching a new, revamped version to replace it for all users.

Google Groups is free and offers a way for users to participate in online discussions. The service's new update includes the ability to create an inbox for collaboratively sharing, distributing and tracking responsibilities with others, according to the official Gmail blog. 

Google said members of the group could work together to "manage email, assign items to each other, and mark items resolved", providing a simple way to manage tasks without sharing passwords. This type of functionality is also ideal for friends who are organising an event but want a single email address to co-ordinate.

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Along with new management features, Google has launched several new moderation tools for forums in Google Groups. Users can now post canned responses in forums, and they will notice "streamlined" options that make moderating forum posts easier. The ability to browse and moderate groups is also available through a new mobile website.

Google said it had worked to improve the Google Groups experience with new features and tweaks over the last year, while still keeping the old version running. Starting today, it has shutdown the old version and brought the new Google Groups to everyone.