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What is an email client?

Posted by Christin on January 8, 2015

Warning, this blog entry may bore tech savvy email client power users. Email Clients, And Why They Are Important So let’s start with the facts. Litmus Email Analytics confirms that 1.16 billion emails were opened using an email client in December 2014 alone. These include desktop and mobile email clients. But what exactly is an email client and why are so many people using them? To keep it simple, an email client is an application that enables you to manage your inbox with sending, receiving and organizing messages directly from your desktop/mobile device. Specifically desktop email clients allow you to manage information exchanged via email messaging without actually having to log in and out as you typically do with web based email providers like Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook.com etc. Today, you will find many different desktop email clients. Popular desktop email clients include: Microsoft Outlook, Thunderbird, Mailbird and Inky. The common down side of desktop email clients such as Outlook and Thunderbird are the impression that they tend to feel bloated, cluttered and outdated. As technology consumers continue to evolve, new desktop email clients such as Inky and Mailbird are attracting users because of some major factors which include: Great and modern design that is also customizable Simplicity A beautiful and uncluttered interface A sense of control with a clean and intuitive email management experience Support for managing multiple email accounts from many different email providers in one place Speed – native desktop email clients tend to simply work faster Productivity…

Become a Mailbird VIP Member!

Posted by Christin on November 23, 2014

This year we would like to thank you for your great support you have been given us so far. Mailbird has been through a lot of creative and amazing times, full of improvements and changes. We wouldn’t be where we are at this time if it wasn’t for all your great support and motivating engagement. We would like to show our appreciation by granting you an exclusive sneak peak of the developing stages of Mailbird 2.0. We are going to grant everyone who goes Pro between November 24th to November 27th access to MailbirdX, which is the experimental version of Mailbird 2.0.! Experience Mailbird 2.0 today  You will have the opportunity to work with the same version our Mailbird team and only a few, very carefully chosen people are currently working with. You will be able to watch and experience the transition with all the improvements and features being added day by day, week by week. This also means you’ll experience an occasional bug, so just let us know at [email protected] and we will be sure to fix it. Since this will make you an exclusive and important part of the development of Mailbird 2.0, please do not hesitate to inform us about any issues you might experience. We are fixing them as soon as you inform us about them, to make MailbirdX ready to be launched as Mailbird 2.0 as soon as possible. Why do you have to go Pro first? This version is very precious to us, as…

Mailbird Hackathon Update #4

Posted by Christin on November 21, 2014

This Hackathon Rocks!   Skipped the video? No worries, here’s what you need to know. 1) We launched the freaking Contacts Manager!!! We know, we know…it took way more time than anticipated but that is because we don’t want to ever rush a thing like this. We want to take the proper precautions in developing, testing and improving any given feature before it is publicly released. What most people do not realize is that even the smallest thing like adding a new button to the UI doesn’t happen in an instant. There is a lot of mock ups, design work, testing, getting feedback, development, more testing and the cycle continues. Basically, it takes a REALLY long time to perfect even the smallest change or addition in Mailbird. Trust us, we really care about the experience you get with Mailbird and will continue to relentlessly improve as the software develops. Thanks for your patience, you are awesome!   2) We made some color tweaks that has a better algorithm to decide the color match between the background and foreground of the Mailbird UI – an even more beautiful experience! 3) The new attachments app design has been completed. 4) Snooze is now fully complete and has a the option to create a custom time and date for when you want the emails to pop back into the inbox. Cool. 5) You know when you add an account and Mailbird auto-detects those complicated server settings so you can start using that email account in Mailbird?…

Mailbird Hackathon Update #3

Posted by Christin on November 13, 2014

Holy cow! We cannot believe its been 3 weeks into the Mailbird hackathon. We’ve been working like crazy and its crunch time now with the last few days approaching. You will want hear about what we got done this last week…especially with a special public launch on Monday November 17th. Here’s the quick update from our team:   Didn’t watch the video? Here are the highlights. 1) The design and UI for the Snooze feature is almost done. Just a few more tweaks and it will soon be ready for testing in the Mailbird alpha.   2) New apps added and improvements to the integration with Mailbird with Moo.do, Todoist, Evernote and Veeting. 3) We’ve opened access to the Mailbird API “Birdhouse apps” project to third party developers by invitation only. What does this mean? We are getting more talented productivity tools and people behind Mailbird, bringing a whole new level of awesomeness to your productivity hub with Mailbird. 4) We’ve added a “find and merge” feature in the new Contacts Manager, still in testing but we will launch it publicly this Monday November 17, 2014. This helps you remove duplicate contacts depending on how you’ve added them whether via vCard import or from Collected Addresses. 5) More updates to the native calendar UI looking to wrap it up by Monday November 24th. 6) The design and UI for the notification center is finished! Will be so nice once it is launched with Mailbird 2.0 7) We are almost done with…

Mailbird Hackathon Update #2

Posted by Christin on November 6, 2014

Hi again! Wow, it has been 2 weeks and we have been cranking out tons of changes for the upcoming Contacts Manager and Mailbird 2.0 launch. There really is a ton of blood, sweat and tears going into this…you have NO idea! We are loving every moment of this though because it means we are getting closer to bringing some email magic into your hands.   Here’s a quick update:   In case you missed it, here are the hackathon highlights for week 2: 1) Spell Check now works with our transition from Awesomium to Chromium Embedded Framework. 2) We’ve started the super polished design for the really handy notification center that will blow your mind once you see how handy it is in helping you get the most out of Mailbird. 3) With the new contacts manager, if you have a duplicate contact you can now merge them into one keeping your contacts nice and clean. Way to stay organized and stay connected! 4) Remember last week when we said the contact group functionality was there, but still needed some work? Well now it is good to go so you can now send an email to a group you created directly from the contacts manager. 5) Another awesome update in the contacts manager that keeps on evolving is the ability to multi-select contacts using Ctrl or Shift, allowing you to then right click and send an email to all, copy the email addresses, delete contacts and assign to a…

Mailbird Hackathon Update #1

Posted by Christin on October 30, 2014

Hi everyone! So we are well on our way with the Mailbird Hackathon 2014 to bring you the best email client ever, or your new found productivity hub. As we promised, we would give you guys a week to week progress report on what we are doing so you can follow along and also get super pumped up about all the pieces coming together for the highly anticipated Mailbird 2.0. Here’s a quick update: In case you didn’t catch the recent developments in Mailbird since we started the hackathon, here is what happened: We launched the freaking Contacts Manager in the alpha! Testing it like crazy and getting it ready for all you eager folks waiting for it in the public release. We’ve been reaching out to C# developers all over the world for a chance to join the most kick ass team on the face of the planet. Apply here. You and your friends may start to see Mailbird advertised in more places online – but that is not enough! We need the help of our loyal fans to really spread the word about Mailbird. Please spread the word by tweeting. Click Here To Tweet About Mailbird 2.0 We’ve given a handful of closed testers access to MailbirdX which is our development version of Mailbird 2.0. We got Mailbird on a German software download site and hit 160 downloads in 2 days already. Awesome because Germany in the top 5 countries of Mailbird users and we support Mailbird in the German…

Mailbird Hackathon Commences!

Posted by Christin on October 22, 2014

As you know, all of us at Mailbird are so fortunate to be able to work with a wonderfully international team from around the world, and we are mega excited to announce the first Mailbird Hackathon 2014!!   Why should you care? Because this is a really special time where all of our team members come together at the Startup Getaway (a Startup Studio by Livit) to put in long hours coding, planning, developing and prepping the next big things to come for Mailbird. With intense collaboration, we’ll be working around the clock just for you guys. What we are getting done: 1)      Fine tuning the contacts manager with the new Mailbird 2.0 design 2)      Designing and developing final versions of a beautiful and productivity packed Mailbird 2.0, you are seriously going to love it! 3)      A new licensing system making it much easier activate and set up your Pro account, it will no longer be associated with the email you used when going Pro. Also, it will handle subscriptions like a charm. 4)      Switching from Awesomium to Chromium Embedded Framework (means better message handling, speed and more apps to integrate) 5)      A super handy, brand new notification center helping you get the most out of Mailbird 6)      Snooze feature as an early part of Wingman 7)      A snazzy new website to launch with Mailbird 2.0 8)      Educating others just like you, about how Mailbird can help you manage email better and free up more of your precious time so…

Find Out How To Escape Email Overload With These Simple Tips

Posted by Christin on October 8, 2014

Everyday we are facing the same “battle”. Our “Procrastinator-Me” and “Productivity-Me” are fighting for our attention, then the guilt settles in as we stare at overflowing emails filling up our inbox. Should I reply to this mail now or after I read about Leonardo DiCaprios new hairstyle? According to The Radicati Group, Inc. people receive an average of 120 Mails a day! Thats 15 more than in 2011 and the numbers are increasing. Along with that, the level of stress increases. As Joanne Cantor Ph.D. was quoted by Huffington Post:  “Being overwhelmed by email interferes with your brain’s ability to think and hampers your creativity, as well as increasing stress”. She also said “The sound of the new email ping from your phone or computer can actually raise your heart rate and blood pressure. But that’s not all, being interrupted by the new email takes our attention away from the task at hand: the work we’re actually doing. It takes time to get focused again after checking your inbox, extending the time it takes to actually get stuff done.” The term Inbox Zero, introduced by Merlin Mann in 2006, has become somewhat of a Mail-Nirvana to most of us and we only continue to see more and more emails coming through. How can we shut up our Procrastinator-Me and start cleaning up and reaching Inbox Zero every day? Several resources suggest setting yourself a specific time to check email, or creating folders and setting filters etc. Below are 4 Tips…

Guilty Of These Email Faux Pas?

Posted by Christin on September 22, 2014

Knowing and recognizing crappy email habits is the first step to recovery 😉 Have you seen the best email etiquette and habits we shared here? So let’s look at the problems we as human beings have developed in our many years of using email – literally the greatest innovation to how our species communicates and exchanges information in this world today, in the most efficient manner ever. You’ve heard of Clint Eastwood’s classic Western film “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”? Well instead we are going to take a deep nose dive first into the Bad and the Ugly…then close it off with the Good side of email. The Bad & Ugly 1) You CC everyone and your mom on an email that is really on an as-needed basis. This in turn convolutes the discussion and many of us are not in practice of understanding the purpose of CC which is to be informed with no further action needed – a lot of times this is never the case and most of the time we are only cluttering the inboxes of our colleagues. 2) Writing out your full thoughts without a concise and direct message that doesn’t waste anyone’s time. 3) Get pissed because you never got a response. Email is an asynchronous form of communication and people are busy. Re-evaluate to see if maybe a response needed was not clear or give the person a reasonable amount of time to read the email and set their priorities to…

Why You Should Keep Emails Short

Posted by Christin on August 20, 2014

“This could change your inbox forever.” To just say “keep your emails short” really isn’t specific enough for you to actually follow this piece of inbox management advice. Instead we invite you to the 5 sentence email challenge, meaning emails you compose or reply to should not be more than 5 sentences long. Free up more time in your work day to stay productive, improve how you communicate, while influencing better and less frequent emails in your inbox. In our last Blog post titled “Email, it’s not so bad.” we mention the 5 Sentence Email Rule as tip #6. This is a brilliant philosophy and takes some practice. It all falls back to how email is mismanaged today, and new thing we can do to make it much better for us. According to the August 14, 2014 post on The Atlantic, “Email is still the best thing on the internet” so let’s see how we can evolve with the fast ever-changing environment of information exchange, so it isn’t such a hassle to manage the constant influx of electronic messages flooding our inbox.   5 Sentence Email? We investigate the 5 sentence email strategy to see if it is appropriate for business email correspondence. The easy answer is, that there is no definite rule when handling new emails or when replying to emails. Simply take the time to consolidate info in your emails to 5 sentences or less. By Guy Kawasaki’s standard (the man who coined the 5 sentence email philosophy),…