Death By Inbox

Former top researcher at Microsoft, Linda Stone studied the relationship between people and technology.

She discovered that when people open their email, they experience a mild form of apnea. Involuntarily, your breathing pattern is interrupted, even to the point where you temporarily stop breathing. Your heart rate increases and the stress sets in. Sure, it may be dramatic to say that your inbox is a health risk, however similar research was replicated at the University of California in Irvine. In their sample of participants in controlled and variable environments, it was evident that when users were cut off from email for five days they experienced less stress. Ergo, there is a definitive misfortune of the relationship between people and their email today.

The qualitative analysis of this research found participants faced with the double-edged sword of feeling less stress when they did not access their email, but also feeling left out and cut off without access to it. Even more interesting, is that once these participants resumed their normal email use after the five day cut off, they found resiliency in managing to clean out their inbox, fulfilling that endless compulsion to reach “inbox zero”. The main takeaway from this is that email as it is today is a multi-tasking instigator that inhibits productivity. But what if you had an email application that helps you use email effectively?

It is our mission at Mailbird  to save you from email stress as we continue testing in the private beta. Many of you have expressed curiosity about our current juncture. We would like to announce that we are expanding the private beta! This is very exciting for our team to be able to introduce our app to more Windows/Gmail users around the world.

 

Here are a few of the latest highlights:

1)       The message preview option to help you quickly scan emails instead of wasting time opening, guessing, or deciding whether it needs your immediate attention.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2)       A clue to the secret feature that will only be available in Mailbird Pro.

 

 

3)       The new Notification Center with color indicators.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4)       By popular demand, the option to launch Mailbird at Windows startup.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The expansion of the private beta is by invite only and exclusive to those who signed up for notification on our website.

We’ve decided to give priority to the rock stars who were the first to register in early 2012. We know you’ve been waiting ever so patiently, and we cross our fingers that you haven’t forgotten us because we know you will be happy once you start exploring email with Mailbird. For those of you who were the first to jump on board, let’s take a walk down memory lane together. Remember the old sign up page?

We must say that it is remarkable to see how far we’ve come since the beginning of 2012, before we had a logo, and before our app was named Mailbird. With private beta participants all over the world continuing to test, it has the true feeling of a ‘Magical Windows Mail Application’.

We are making an honest effort to reduce email stress and increase productivity for you in 2013. How are we doing that? The only way to really know is to sign up for the beta if you haven’t already, or gain instant access by pre-ordering. Do it now! Together we can realize our big dream for an email app that rocks.

 

In closing, here are some friendly reminders:

1) Mailbird currently supports Windows users with a Gmail account, so if you or anyone you know fits this user type, you’ll need to get your hands on the app pronto. Don’t forget to share Mailbird and join our community on Facebook and Twitter.

2) Multi-Identity and Multi-Account support are both planned for development.

3) For those who signed up for the beta notification using a non-Gmail account, try re-registering with a Gmail account, if you have one. If not, don’t worry. We’ll be sure to keep you informed when Multi-Account support is ready to fly.

4) As mentioned before, our biggest news yet is the expansion of the private beta! Some of you may have already received a present in your inbox. Be sure to double check your spam folder too in the case the private beta invite slipped through the cracks.

We look forward to hearing from you 🙂

Over and out.

 

  • Brian Urso

    Mailbird is looking better and better all the time!
    Wingman?….. hmm??? … Wonder what that feature could be.. Can’t Wait!

  • Ed

    I signed up probably close to a year ago. The email I got today was the first I have ever received regarding your progress. And I have never been invited to the beta.

    • Darrin Roenfanz

      I myself got the beta invite just last week. I hope you get yours soon.

    • wickets

      “The email I got today was the first I have ever received”

      ditto

      looks good though

      • Andrea Loubier

        Thanks @wickets! We’ve sent out a couple of updates to those who signed up for beta notification. As we continue to expand our private testing, our team would be grateful to have you on board.

    • Andrea Loubier

      Hi Ed 🙂 Sorry for the silence, we have been working like crazy on planning and development. We still have not launched the beta publicly, still in stealth mode. I’d love to chat with you a little more, given our recent decision to expand the private beta. Please email me at [email protected]! Looking forward to connecting.

  • Rock on Mailbird!

    • Andrea Loubier

      Really appreciate the support Brad! We’ve got a lot planned with development and testing this year, Mailbird continues to evolve and is getting better and better 😀

  • Multiple identities is must for me and multiple accounts too, of course. However, I use multiple identities on my main account and without that I can’t even think of using Mailbird daily. Waiting for that update… 🙂

    • Brian Urso

      I have been beta testing Mailbird from.. the beginning I guess.. way back in September.. and “Identities” is my greatest request to the Mailbird team, I do know that it is very high on the teams list, so I join with you in saying that, more then anything else I am waiting for that update as well, as it is crucial to my email experience.

    • The same goes for me. Without the ability to add multiple accounts, I just can’t get everything I need from Mailbird 🙁 There are a lot of great features, but I NEED multiple account support to actually use Mailbird regularly. For now, I check every now and then to see if that feature has been added yet.

      • Andrea Loubier

        Charnita! You are a gem 🙂 Thank you so much for your feedback and involvement in testing our app. I want Multi-account support too. Rest assured it is on our developmental road map. Stick with us. Once Mailbird is solid with sync to Gmail to start, we will push full force so you can start adding your other email accounts. Cool yet simple features and unified inbox anyone?

    • Andrea Loubier

      HI Ricardo! Yes Multi-Identity and Multi-Account will be a heavy undertaking but most definitely a top priority. In the private beta, we hope to identify and iron out any bugs and optimize the performance so you have a great experience with Gmail first. Thank you so much for staying in touch and also for your patience. We will get there 😉

  • mop3456

    Why don’t you support all email accounts. Google sucks!

    • Andrea Loubier

      Hi friend! We will support multiple email accounts soon. Tell me what specific email services you would personally like to sync with your Mailbird app?

      • srikapardhi

        Yahoo,Microsoft email, aol.

  • Hookee

    Looks good, Making good progress.

  • srikapardhi

    Unfortunately i signed beta an year ago with my Yahoo ID, i now repent for it. It would have been much better if i did the same with my gmail id.

  • Bernd

    Great that Windows finally gets a cool Mail app. Also great that I made the move to OS X in the meantime! Can’t tell how happy I am, since there I have Apple Mail and Sparrow, two great mail clients, and so much more. But, Andrea, I wish you all the best with Mailbird, great sales and massive success – you deserve it!