An email app for all seasons
Q I have a question that isn’t strictly about Macs, but I hope you can still help me. I need to use both Macs and PCs as part of my work, although at home I use an iMac.
I have used Apple Mail for years and got really used to the interface, but I can’t use this on the PC. Up until now I have been getting by with using Gmail when I am on the PC but it doesn’t let me file everything away into folders, like Mail does. Is there a single email app that will work well on both Mac and PC? Failing that, what is the most Mail-like program for Windows? Craig McAlistair A If you have several different email accounts and you’re used to seeing them all in a single unified inbox, then Inky provides a very streamlined interface. It’s free on both PC and Mac (there’s also an iOS version, although it costs £7.99 to download from the App Store for some reason). Inky relies heavily on its automatic filtering capabilities and provides preset subfolders for offers, social networking notifications and so on. You can’t create your own subfolders.
If you use Mail as a filing system for all your old messages, you may be better off with Thunderbird, which can import your existing folders from Gmail. Thunderbird has a fairly ugly interface, which I’m not keen on. I prefer to stick with Mail on the Mac and use the outlook.com web service on the PC. This also duplicates your folders when you import your Gmail account, but looks much tidier.
Inky’s stripped down interface and automatic filtering save a lot of time, if you can get used to it.