- Launched today, available publically now from getmailbird.com
- Great execution on user experience, more or less like Sparrow on Mac which is arguably the best standalone email client. Quite responsive, elegant and practical. Great if you use Gmail a lot.
- Great use of native Windows desktop UI conventions and styles, ex. the search and compose buttons are elegantly integrated into the window chrome.
- Can only access Gmail right now, probably due to open/simple IMAP implementation vs. Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync for Outlook (my startup is currently facing this issue too).
nota .NET WPF app (clarification from Mailbird CEO). The Windows desktop is not dead.
- Built-in plugin/web apps support which extend some functionality, not critically useful yet.
- Noteworthy development team of 9 spanning 7 countries. Took over 16 months. Quite an achievement to pull it off for such an early project.
- Interesting business model, especially for an email app, annual subscription of ~$10/year.
- Update: IMAP (besides Gmail) and multi-account support coming once app is out of beta.
tl;dr is a new series of shorter dot-point posts since I now have less time to write while working on my new startup. Let me know what you think of them.