A few weeks ago we opened up the brand new version of Zoho Mail for preview. Since then, we’ve had a whirlwind of messages flooding our inboxes with feedback, suggestions, congratulations, and even some disapproval. First, thank you all so much for taking the time to write to us.
Before I delve further into the details of this update, let me tell you why we’ve spent years developing this latest edition. What was the problem in the first place?
Email started back in 1971 simply as a way, for an elite few, to send digital notes around the office. Forty years later, and with just a phone in your pocket, you can use email to contact virtually anyone in the world – from your best friend down the road, to the owner of a coffee shop you visited halfway around the world.
This evolution brought new challenges: we get far more email now than ever before, so important information gets buried inside messages, making important tasks slip through the cracks.
Meanwhile, work has also changed dramatically: (1) software has moved to the cloud; (2) storage is on the cloud; (3) teams collaborate in real–time, across geographies; and (4) devices have become mobile.
Email simply hasn’t adapted fast enough. So we undertook to reinvent it. Here’s what we bring to you today:
Streams enables informal conversations, around individual email messages. It borrows social media constructs – like tagging people – to create quick and informal discussions, without having to forward, manage, and sort through long email threads. You get better context, with less clutter.
2. Attachment Viewer
Ever had to pick out that elusive attachment from an unending pile of paperclip icons? We understand. Our Attachment Viewer uses pictures, and neatly organizes all of your attachments by type. Now you can see and choose the one you want.
3. Integrated Calendar, Tasks, and Notes
Get your work done within your email. Create a task, a note, or a calendar event, from any email message where you have the right context and relevant details. Keep current and never miss a deadline.
4. Shared Folders
Do you organize project communications into a single folder? Now you can share it! No more forwarding emails one by one. Assign folders to team members, and everyone stays in the loop.
We have two mobile apps: Zoho Mail – with mail, calendar and contacts; and Inbox Insight – a clever search app for your email. Get both, on the device you want.
Lookout for posts in the coming weeks where we will cover each of these features, starting with Streams.
It’s an exciting time at Zoho Mail and we are so thrilled with the reception we’ve received so far.
— Sharon Talbott (@PeoplesGrid) October 13, 2015
Massive fan of the new @zoho revamp. My inbox looks so pretty. 💞
— Jem Collins (@Jem_Collins) October 3, 2015
— Sumeet Chawla (@SumeetChawla) October 7, 2015