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The New Mailbird Installers – Harder Better Faster Stronger

Posted by Christin on September 27, 2013

The new Mailbird Installers are out, and man are they cool. Installers you say? Why plural? Ah, I’ll get to that little bit of genius in just a sec (it’s tweak no. 4 if you’re in a rush). Let’s start at the top though. What’s new and awesome with the new installer?   Tweak no. 1: Faster 14% faster to be exact. The new installer moves blisteringly fast, getting Mailbird installed, up, and running live within a few minutes (how many, exactly, depends on your internet connection…unless you use the Offline Installer). With this faster tweak, we’re saving you time before you’ve even begun using Mailbird. Tweak no. 2: Bug Free Ah bugs. The bane of every software program, especially the betas. The old Mailbird installer had a fair few of them. Sometimes, you wouldn’t notice them at all, and Mailbird would install perfectly. Other times….well, Mailbird wouldn’t install at all. Not anymore, though. The new installer works seamlessly on any Windows computer, running on any hardware. No more problems, just a quick and clean install. Tweak no. 3: Customizable Our old installer was very hands off. It took care of the location of the files by itself, without bothering you about it. The new installer still does…if you want it to. And now, if you’re more hands on, you have the option to tell it to save all Mailbird files wherever you want them saved, instead of the default. Tweak no. 4: Offline Installation Most of what the Mailbird…

Should You Be Using A Desktop Email Client?

Posted by Christin on September 3, 2013

If you’re asking yourself this question, you’re far from alone. And there is no clear cut answer.   Here is the closest there is to a black & white answer: The main reason why you would want to use an email client is because it boosts your speed and productivity, helping you move faster than you would in any webmail client. The main reason why you would want to use webmail is because you can use it anywhere and from any device…though having an email client doesn’t stop you from doing this.   If that didn’t answer your question, then let’s get a little bit more in depth. You should use a desktop email client if…   …Your focus in email is productivity. Because an email client does not rely on internet speed, there is no waiting time when you want to open an email or access your inbox or search your past emails or view an attachment. It’s all done faster than a webmail client can do it. You can also use shortcuts like Quick Open, which gives you access to your inbox instantaneously from anywhere on your computer, and Quick Compose, which lets you open up an email composition window from anywhere on your computer, instead of having to open your web browser and wait for your email program to load. Webmail can’t create system wide shortcuts like this, and they are a huge time saver. …You always want to be able to access your email. Another advantage…

The Mailbird Privacy Policy

Posted by Christin on August 5, 2013

The Mailbird team knows how important your privacy is. What you do in your inbox is for your eyes only, and we protect that by never scanning the content of your emails or storing any un-encrypted or un-anonymized personal information on our servers. Everything we you tell us is hidden from prying eyes, and often even from our own. If you’ve been curious about what we do with your information when you sign up for and use Mailbird, then this post is for you. A completely transparent view of what we know about you and what we do with that information.   What’s Not Anonymous? The information that you give us directly is stuff that we hold onto. This is stuff like your email address, name, and any information you send us through error reports to [email protected] We will never sell this information to anyone or use it in a way that you have not asked us to. Mailbird also pings the server when you launch it, letting us know who is actively using Mailbird and who has stopped using it. This is the only unanonymized information we collect that is not given to us directly by you. We use that active/inactive information to find our most enthusiastic users so that we can get in touch with them and hear what they like and want improved, and so that we can see who dropped off and ask them what we could have done to improve their experience.   What’s Anonymous?…

Why Is Mailbird Windows-Only?

Posted by Christin on July 18, 2013

In the beginning, there was Sparrow. A shining example of clean & minimalist email perfection. The design induced a state of zen. The simplicity found us speeding through our inboxes. The learning curve was measured in mere minutes. In Sparrow, Mac had found a paradise for those of us seeking to improve the beauty and productivity in our inboxes.   The only problem….we’re Windows users. And on Windows, that email paradise was…non-existent. We’ve searched. We’ve tried Thunderbird, Outlook, Opera, Postbox, Dreammail, i.Scribe, eM, even just plain old Gmail with Offline sync. But, though many of them were quite cool, none of them felt anything like Sparrow. They were either too cluttered, too slow, missing features we needed, or had too much of a learning curve. And not one could compare in aesthetics.   It was time to make a choice: Either accept the mediocre email clients on Windows, and bemoan our fate…or create a new Windows email client that would equal – nay exceed! – the minimalistic beauty & productivity boosting ability of Sparrow. I think we made the right choice. Mailbird would become Windows’ email paradise as Sparrow had become Macs.   Then…Sparrow stopped. Google bought Sparrow and, all of a sudden, Mac users were asking us when we would come over to their OS. And they weren’t alone. We’ve been chatting with our users and getting requests to go on Mobile & Linux ever since we began developing. It happens at least once a day. We get an…

Ninja Kick Email Into Place

Posted by Christin on June 17, 2013

Hi World! Andrea from Mailbird here 🙂 This is a longer post, but you won’t want to miss anything here. Read all the way to the end! Yes, it’s been a while…only because we’ve been making sure to address  and improve Mailbird by listening to and evaluating each suggestion, iterating suggestions, testing them, then getting your feedback  again. Did you know that 76% of email users, just like you, primarily access email from a laptop or desktop computer? Why is that? It is because that is when you really want to sit down and get productive and why a solid desktop email app is a must-have when it comes to managing all that information, follow up, calendar events, and more. We’re making some really cool things happen with email so you can continue to be a Mailbird email champ by enjoying email, managing information overload better, and getting the most out of your day without spending all of it in your inbox. It’s true, we are helping you live longer by reducing daily stress. Have you noticed? Since our last blog post on May 16, 2013 we’ve made 54+ modifications with a solid mix of bug fixes, optimizations, and improvements in less than 3 weeks. Mailbird Coding Ninjas are hard at work and know what’s up when it comes to improving information processing  and communication via Email. Check out all updates directly from Mailbird by clicking on the top left Mailbird drop down menu > Options > Updates Tab >…

Multi-Account vs. Multi-Identities

Posted by Christin on May 16, 2013

 “We want multi-account!” That is the biggest request you guys have for Mailbird.  And we’re on it. Our developers are pounding away at their keyboards even as I write this, and we will unroll multi-account in about a month. But there’s this little feature called multi-identities that might just solve all your multi-account problems right now. Think of it like multi-account beta.   What’s Multi-Identities you ask? At it’s most basic, multi-identities is a feature that lets you send an email from any email address you want. So, when you’ve got to talk about that last meeting with your teammate, you write your email and then click “Send from [email protected]”.  When planning your weekend adventures with the crew, you click “Send from [email protected]”.   Doesn’t sound like much at first glance right? But here’s what it can do. With a little bit of filtering & forwarding magic, multi-identities lets you centralize all of your inboxes into one, and manage your emails just like you would with multi-accounts.   Here’s how you set it up: The set-up for multi-identities takes longer than it will for multi-accounts, which is one of the main reasons we’re building multi-accounts. It’s about 2-3 minutes per email account. Setting Up Multi-Identities First, in Mailbird, click ‘Mailbird’, ‘Options’, & ‘Identities’. Then click that little ‘+’ sign & fill out the information to add a new account. You can even give each email it’s own signature. You can give each address it’s own signature. And, if that signature includes HTML (like…

Free is Awesome! Pro is Better.

Posted by Christin on April 3, 2013

“Mailbird is making email a platform, not just an application.” – Techcrunch 38 days. That’s how much time the average person spends in their inbox every year. That’s about 10% of your life spent writing, reading, and organizing email. Yikes. But there’s good news. Mailbird users, both free and Pro, save about 10% of the time they usually spend in their inbox (we measured it). That means you get an extra 91.2 hours every year to have fun and create great memories instead of clicking around your inbox. And that number is before we release our Wingman Pro feature in a couple of months, along with tons of other productivity boosters in the pipeline. “Mailbird is definitely worth keeping an eye on — it’s fast, functional, and could get some useful additional features down the line, both from the developers and its third-party app store.” – The Verge   The Perks of the Free Version    Lightning Speeds You don’t even have to use your mouse. Every step from opening your email to searching to composing to sending to changing your apps to everything else…it’s all got a shortcut. And the Gmail shortcuts work in Mailbird, so no need to memorize new ones. The Quick Compose shortcut lets you write and send an email without ever having to open Mailbird. Just hit your customizable shortcut (default is ctrl-alt-space), no matter what’s open on your screen, and type out your message in the box that pops up. The Quick Reply shortcut lets you reply in…

Get Backstage: Meet Our App Designer

Posted by Christin on March 23, 2013

Introducing one of the talented Mailbird coding ninjas. Meet Michael Bodekaer as he introduces some of the first set of features in Mailbird. Our team has even more surprise features coming to you starting April 2nd, 2013. Get ready for it!

Top Email Productivity Tricks

Posted by Christin on March 19, 2013

Let’s start with #1….get Mailbird! Yes we are quickly approaching the public beta release and soon Mailbird will be available to all our eager Windows users. We cannot wait for you to try it so you can enjoy the email experience again. Once you have Mailbird in your hands we thought it would be wonderful to share some great inbox management tips to get you ready for the best email app ever. April 2nd, 2013. Mark your calendars.     Inbox management. It is a royal pain that we all struggle with in one way or another. How do we handle all that junk that comes through our inboxes? How do we avoid getting lost in the big black hole, the abyss that is our email inbox? Here is a great list of tips for 2013, from others just like you who share the same inbox pain of email backlog, distraction, and stress. Get Mailbird! Available April 2nd, but you can get it sooner when you Like and comment on our Facebook post here. Stop email notifications. Seriously, you don’t need them and majority of the time it’s just another email to delete to clear your inbox. Eliminate that extra step when managing your inbox. Unsubscribe. How often do you really read those newsletters. Now how much time do you spend deleting newsletters. Don’t start your day with checking emails. We know this might make you a little nervous. Set a limited time aside for checking emails so it does not hinder…

Yes, we can all just get along.

Posted by Christin on February 26, 2013

On the last Mailbird blog post, on the topic of Facebook’s $100 email test, there continues to be this underlying fear for email companies that social networking sites will replace email. However we are firm in believing that there is no replacing, but rather a glorious integration that is happening between social networking, email, and mobile communication. “The fact mobile sales are beating desktops doesn’t mean they are taking over. It means they are being added. Everyone already has a desktop! The desktop isn’t going anywhere, it’s just getting a new best friend.”— Ryan Majeau (Tech Trend Enthusiast/Writer) With these super cool integrations, paying for email isn’t such a crazy thing when you think about it. In fact it’s more a matter of reshaping email culture as our inbox’s are increasing with advertisements, special deals, newsletters, surveys, and that annoying sender who’s name just keeps popping up in your inbox twenty times a day. If we paid for email we would maybe spend less time in our inbox, and more time creating quality communication and getting things done. We used to pay to send letters, and still pay today to send hard copy documents and packages. Until the day packages can somehow atomize into microscopic particles and be emailed through space and time within seconds, man powered mail services, a.k.a. snail mail, will continue to exist. This is just as desktop email is not going anywhere just because social networking and mobile devices are the current online communication hype. With desktop email you are paying for speed, convenience, great support, and…

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