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Last Tuesday, Microsoft surprised the world by launching a new web app: The software giant is easily one of the biggest players in the world of email, with their consumer service and their enterprise-focused Outlook and Exchange Server. Even still, they’re not perceived as a leader in the space, with Gmail firmly retaining that distinction. With, Microsoft’s hoping to turn that around.

Our own Joe Casabona already took a look at the new and found it to be a nice, clean email app, with a number of Hotmail features mixed with Microsoft’s new Metro design goodness. Frustratingly, though, it still has many of Hotmail’s limitations, including only having POP3 sync for clients that don’t support Mobile ActiveSync.

Many of us got started with email using Hotmail, and plenty of people around the world still use it. That’s why we’re wondering if you’ve tried the new Would you consider using it, and would you switch from Gmail to it? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

There was a time, long ago in the mid-1990s, when Microsoft was the leader in email. Everyone who was anyone had a hotmail account. I remember mine well. It was [email protected] and it was my first foray into electronic mail.

The web has come a long way since those humble beginnings of the email awakening, and a lot has changed. I moved from Hotmail to Yahoo! Mail, then was a fairly early Gmail user (early 2004- thank you, dear Blooger account for getting me early access) and I’ve been on there ever since. As a matter of fact, I feel everything pales in comparison to Gmail. But when I found out that Microsoft was launching as a brand new email service,, I was curious and signed up. Let’s see what I found.


I don’t know how many times I get an email and it has something in it that’s important, so I do one of two things. I either leave it in my inbox or I archive it thinking that I am going to remember about it later. We all know how this goes: it either gets buried under all my other emails and I never look at it or I just forget about it. Or what about this scenario, you are out and about and you remember that you need to stop at the grocery store on the way home for milk. I know for me, I tend to just shoot myself a quick email so that I can remember or I put it in my task manager app and set an alarm. But, these never seem to work the way that I want them to and since I change task managers like I change my clothes, that doesn’t help either.

That is why when I came across FollowUpThen (FUT), I just had to try it out and see if it could work for me. The minute I started to use it, I started to see the potential and the different ways that I could use it to remember things. FUT is so simple to use and learn that you will find yourself using it literally in seconds.


Junk email is simply a normal part of online life these days. As if spam wasn’t bad enough, we make our own lives harder by signing up for newsletters and social network updates through emails, which essentially becomes junk mail we’ve almost asked for.

Rather than doing anything about it, most of us just accept the reality that we’ll have dozens of unimportant emails to skim through each day. We check each one, just in case there’s some important info. We’re wasting our lives clicking on pointless emails instead of getting our work done. I, personally, am ready to wake up to just a few emails, rather than 37 junk emails sent the night before.

Luckily, there are two great new services that have really helped me cut down on the amount of junk email that I receive: Scoop and Stick with me after the jump to learn how these two services helped take care of my junk email problem.


If you’re a web app developer, no doubt you’ve come across the often painstaking task of sending email within your app. If you’re just starting out, chances are you’re going to be using a small server that you’re maintaining yourself, and because email is a part of almost every app, it’s also your job to ensure that everything runs as smooth as possible.

But you’re a developer. You shouldn’t have to worry about taking care of the server and making sure it’s running when that important email comes in. Plus, even if it all appears to be working fine, how can you be sure how many emails are bouncing?

Postmark is an app that takes care of just that. It provides developers with an API that makes sending transactional emails from inside their apps a breeze. With its simple and to-the-point interface, your sent and received emails can be viewed just as easily. Read on to find out more!


Given the recent rise in popularity of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, with quick, short messages between users like those popularized by SMS messages, some believe that e-mail may be dying out. After all, it’s so much easier to type in a person’s name, write out whatever it is off your chest and hit “Send”. You don’t have to worry if the email address is correct or up-to-date, and you can be pretty much guaranteed that they will have seen it, even if you don’t get a reply straight away.

It’s pretty surprising to say, but even today, 12% of the American and 39% of the European population still don’t have access to the Internet, according to the latest penetration figures for 2011. As those users, and the kids growing up today, come online, it would seem that they’ll adopt to using social networks by default, skipping email entirely and hastening its demise. But I believe that e-mail certainly isn’t dying out – in fact it’s more popular than ever.


Email. It’s been with us as long as we’ve been online, dating back to the 1970’s ARPANET, way before most of us were online (or, cough, alive). It was one of the original reasons many people wanted to use the internet. Your email address is still considered, for many intents and purposes, your online ID. It’s critical enough to our online lives that it’d be hard to imagine someone using the internet without having a personal email address.

And yet, at the same time, email seems like the most hated online service, the one every tech startup is trying to kill. Gmail tried to kill it with Wave, Facebook’s tried to kill (or assimilate) it with Messages, and most collaboration tools online are designed to help you use email less for team collaboration. Oddly, though, most of these services still require an email address, and let you work with them through email if you’d like. Email, it seems, is firmly entrenched, and shows no signs of disappearing for good.

Have all the attempts to kill email helped you get less emails, or are you using email more than ever? Do you feel like your email inbox is still very important, or could you go days without checking it? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the poll and in the comments below!

pssst… Stay tuned for opinion pieces from our team about the future of email, coming soon!

Starting off a new design project can be difficult. In a lot of cases, there’s a period of to and fro between designer and client. Whether you’re in the initial planning stages, where new concepts and ideas are thrown about, or in the final stages, where tiny details are being tweaked before everything’s final, you’ll be going back and forth with your client dozens of times. There’s a number of ways you can exchange design ideas with your clients, but most of the time, you’ll end up working with email, even if you’d rather use an online design tool.

Welcome to Mail’ette. It’s a new web service that allows you to email in design proposals and have them formatted into a simple webpage to be shared with your clients. You can work with them from there, with built-in feedback and approval tools. Email may still be king, but it’ll make it much more useful for design work than before. Let’s take a tour!


Most of our business decisions, it seems, are made in our inboxes. We research the best tools for our job, contact customers, discuss plans with coworkers, and more, all via email. Many of us use old emails for references, too, and I find myself searching through Sparrow for old emails with important information all the time. Often the emails I’m looking for contains info that would be important to my whole team, such as information about our upcoming plans or perhaps credentials for an app we use.

GrexIt is a solution that lets you unlock the emails in your account and share them with your whole team. Everyone on your team can send the important emails that the whole company needs to know about to the GrexIt repository, where they can easily be ready by anyone on the team, anytime. It’s an interesting solution for making email more social for businesses.


I’m always on the lookout for nice notes apps. I use Evernote, Notepad, Writeroom, Ghost Writer, and more, and will use a different notes app depending on what I want to do with the notes. The great thing about notes apps is that you can use them for so many purposes: jotting a note down, writing a longform piece, saving a phone number or tip for later, and even making list of things I need to do. That’s why it’s nice to have a lot of different notes apps, so you can use different ones for different purposes.

I came across Fetchnotes recently, which looked like a really simple, easy-to-use app for taking notes online. Let’s see if it lived up to my expectations, and if it’d fit in my workflow to replace any of the other notes apps I already use.


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