Even with all the new forms of communications popping up everyday, Email has managed to stand its ground. It still reserves a space in the web communication spectrum.
The ongoing battle for Email clients isn’t going to end soon. Many came with their ideas and launched products in the market but only few could withstand the competition.
Today Email sorting, management and filtering are the features that everyone look for in a mail client.
Outlook recently revamped their User Interface to a much modern look which facilitated the ease of access and usability of their client.
Similarly Gmail has launched a new app/service namely – Inbox. The app is focused on Smartphones but also has a web version.
The app takes Email organizing and usability as a challenge and delivers on it prominently.
The App has the following features.
Inbox uses the idea of Bundling, under which Emails of the same genre are clubbed together and displayed to the user.
For example, if I book a flight for 28th morning, the confirmation mail which will arrive will be automatically sorted out in the travel section and a new bundle “travel” is created for all the travel related mails will appear in that section.
You can create your own bundle and delete any pre existing ones.
Now Google will show more than the subject line, you will be presented with additional info such as Attachments, info about mentioned person, company, logo etc.
Reminders, Snooze and Assists.
Inbox has various tools such as “Snooze” and “Reminders” to remind you about the mails after few minutes or hours.
Reminders are also powered with suggestions, so instead of just displaying “Remind me to call John”, their name and number will be placed into the reminder as well.
Snooze will remind you to look at your Reminders and scheduled message at least once a day.
You can slide a Mail to the right and mark it as Done. This can also be done with the bundles to mark all the mails inside the bundle as Done.
You can also “Pin” your emails or reminders and they can be accessed separately when you tap on the Pin button. Even when your bundle has been marked as Done, Pinned items remain.
The red plus sign at the bottom of the screen lets you quickly email your popular contacts, set reminders or compose mails.
Design wise, Inbox is developed to appreciate Android’s next version – Lollipop’s Materialistic Design. The web version of the app has the same UI experience.
How to Get Inbox?
Currently, Inbox is Invite only which means you need to request Google for an Invite or ask a friend for an invite who is already using it. Your friend has 3 Invites which he can send to anyone.
To request your Invite from Google, just send an Email to firstname.lastname@example.org. When the next wave of invites are sent, you will receive yours from Google.
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The article is a Guest Post by Adit Bharadwaj who is a Volunteer and Contributor at the Mozilla Foundation.