The team behind Microsoft Outlook has a new email app that makes it a lot easier to ignore your inbox.
Send, released on iOS Wednesday, is an email that app that takes an instant messaging-style approach to your inbox by stripping out almost every aspect.
Unlike Outlook, Send is not meant to be a full-featured email app: you can’t use it to view emails you’ve already received or search your inbox. The super simple app only shows threads that have been started from within the app. The idea, Microsoft says, is to strip out the unnecessary (and annoying) parts of email — subject lines and signatures, for example — to make those quick day-to-day brief messages you exchange with coworkers and colleagues faster and easier.
“With Send, there are no signatures, subject lines or salutations required,” Microsoft’s Outlook team explains. “Our design principle for the app was to make conversations fast and fluid while keeping the people who are important to you at its core.”
If that sounds familiar, it’s almost identical to a description of a new chat-style email app from the Outlook team, nicknamed “Flow,” that leaked online back in May.
Though the app sounds much more like a chat app than an email client for business users, Send only supports Office 365 business and education accounts for now so messages sent in the app are synced to Outlook and Microsoft say the app will work with companies’ existing IT policies.
As with some of the other apps we’ve seen from Microsoft’s Garage, Send is debuting on iOS first, though Microsoft says Android and Windows Phone versions are in the works. Microsoft says it will open up the app to more types of email accounts “in the coming months.”
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