Mailbird 2-The Best Just Got Better

in Productivity

mailbird logoRegular readers know that I am a massive fan of the Mailbird email client. When I wrote the first review I feared I was turning into an equivalent of an Apple Fanboy Clone, but hey, when something is truly good you need to shout out about it.

Over the many years I have been in Cyberspace since the early 1990s I must have tried every email client out there. First there was Eudora, then The Bat!, Pocomail made an appearance before crashing and burning, I tried Thunderbird for a while and then I settled on Postbox before stumbling on Mailbird.   To be fair, when I first tried the software it was not love at first sight. Back then it only handled Gmail but revisiting it a year or so later I was stunned at the progress,

Customisation

After road testing for a few nanoseconds I immediately coughed up for one year’s subscription and then I was able to use the alpha version of Mailbird 2. The difference was justification of the hard work that the dev team has put into it, so much so that I deleted The Bat!, Thunderbird and Postbox from my PC; I cannot see me going anywhere else.

mailbird colourThe main thing for me is that Mailbird 2 is all about customisation and personalisation. There are now a stack of ways you can get Mailbird not only to look how you want it to look but work the way you want to work. Don’t like conversation view – turn it off. Unhappy with the default font size – zoom – or unzoom (is that a word?) it to the size you want. Got multiple email identities, customise each signature to reflect each account.

Fancy a change in the app colour, heck, you can have a different colour for every day of the week and then some.  Want to have vertical reading panes on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday and horizontal panes the rest of the week, dead easy! Okay, that last sentence was tongue in cheek but you know where I am coming from.

Secure

Unlike some email services we could mention Mailbird doesn’t access your emails. One email client analysis criticised the security of Mailbird which the company answered in an in depth blog article.  Read the article and the comments at the end to show how the Mailbird team interacts with its users and answers the “difficult” questions.

In short the data sent from Mailbird to the license server and vice versa is done over a secure HTTPS connection. Also, usage data is utilised to assess the many ways that people use the service and analyse this to improve the package.  End to end encryption is also being developed.

Mailbird As A Media Hub

mailbird apps

Whereas Mailbird 1 made it easy to link to a number of services such as Facebook and Dropbox, the team have gone into overdrive as the illustration left demonstrates with a sample of the third party services that Mailbird now links to. From the app centre I can pretty much seamlessly work with a number of my key services such as Dropbox, Google Docs (I wish Zoho was included) Sunrise Calendar, Todoist, Facebook, Evernote and WhatsApp.

One useful feature in MB2 is that you can snooze emails. If an email hits your inbox that you don’t want to deal with immediately, you can snooze it so it reappears at a time set by yourself. I hope that at some stage that the reverse option can be implemented whereby we can postpone sending emails until a predetermined time as allowed in Gmail by Boomerang.

Just in case you are thinking that I am suffering from some fundamentalist Mailbird religious fervour, there are still issues that stop it from being perfect.  The contact management module leaves a lot to be desired and people are leaving Mailbird because of it; okay, not in droves but just a handful making negative comments can have an effect ( I have this thought about that damn butterfly launching itself in the Amazon rain forest causing a hurricane in Japan).  If the dev team could create something like Contacts+ then it would be awesome – and I hate that word awesome!

I would like the option to not include the original email when I hit the reply button. Okay, I know I can highlight and delete the stuff but it’s another step that slows productivity down.

I would also like to see the old notification module brought back, I am not keen on new outgoing emails appearing as drafts and then disappearing when they are sent. I appreciate that is a personal thing but it’s my blog Smile

Overall speed has been improved although there is a lag on incoming emails which are picked up by a plethora of smartphones and tablets before the emails show in Mailbird. But these are minor points and do not detract from the over look, feel and performance.

Overall Mailbird has come of age and is seen to be fulfilling the potential and demands set by the dev team.  I know this sounds strange but when working with Mailbird it feels good, it feels fun and it makes you want to write and reply to emails because the overall experience is just fulfilling.

Having re-read that last paragraph I think it is time I took some medication and have a lie down in a darkened room …  hang on there’s some more emails that need attending to.

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