Throughout the years, email has become a chore. Even though we don’t like going through the pools of newsletters, social network and calendar notifications, we have to, because there is always the chance of there being something actually useful or important in it.
TouchMail for Windows is designed to change that, to make email both fun, and a little more colorful. In an interview with Microsoft, the CEO and co-founder of TouchMail Matthew Carlson states that the app is also the first email app to be designed for touch.
“Our multi-dimensional message layout is better than a list because it can more fully utilize the screen real estate… Pinching in and zooming out lets users decide the number of messages to see at a time, and they can easily delete messages in a single touch without opening them.” – Matthew Carlson, CEO and co-founder of TouchMail
Carlson designed the app alongside fellow co-founder and CTO Alex Frank with Windows 8.1 in mind, leveraging all of its great features like Snap View and the easy sharing capabilities with OneDrive, Dropbox, OneNote and other third-party apps, transforming TouchMail into a “killer productivity app”.
In the future, the developers hope to build a background agent into the app so that it can display previews of new email on the Start screen Live Tile without having to open and sync the app first, in addition to a notification service to inform users of new email when they are using other apps.
“TouchMail uses and extends the Windows design language in a way that is integral to the app’s core functionality – visualizing email data with fast touch gestures to quickly find, organize and delete email.” – Carlson
Carlson and Frank advise the other developers be wary of the performance of their apps depending on the usage levels of different customers, as some customers may for example receive large volumes of email while running on low-performance machines, such as Windows RT devices that run on ARM chipsets. Especially since many developers have high-performance machines to test their apps on, so they might forget to optimize for the low-end too.
You can read the full interview and download TouchMail for Windows 8.1 now by heading over to the VIA and download links below. You can also check out the first public demo of the app before it launched for Windows 8 which we’ve embedded below.