For the lat­est in e-mail in­no­va­tion, wait in line

The Washington Post Sunday - - TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION -

How good would an app have to be for you to wait in line for it? The mak­ers of Mailbox, a mail app that em­pha­sizes a stream­lined in­ter­face, hope their app will meet that stan­dard. They’ve re­leased their pro­gram to Ap­ple’s app store, but down­load­ing only gets you on the wait­ing list. Once you climb your way through the list — it’s thou­sands deep at the time of writ­ing — the app it­self is a de­light, al­beit a qual­i­fied one. The app sup­ports only Gmail at the moment, though it is per­fect for those who want a clean in­box on a daily ba­sis. Users can swipe right across part of the screen to ar­chive mes­sages or do a full sweep across the screen to delete them. Swip­ing left will let you sched­ule to see a cer­tain mes­sage at a later time, or let you add it to a list of tasks to com­plete. Real or­ga­ni­za­tion fiends will be sad to see that the app doesn’t let you use Gmail la­bels, how­ever. All in all, Mailbox is a fine app for e-mail man­age­ment but it comes with more than its fair share of caveats, not to men­tion a need to be pa­tient. Free, for iOS.

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