Hello! It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update, so I wanted to share the latest news on Big Mail, in particular where we’re at and when you can expect to get your hands on it.
Early in January we began rolling out the Mac release to a small group of beta testers. Our main goal was to see if our brand-new mail engine (aptly named CoreMail) worked.
Now if you’re developer who’s ever worked with email, you know first-hand how fiddly and complicated email can be, and what a wild west of standards it is. Nearly all of our development time went into fixing encoding and connection issues, which meant we had less time than we would have liked to work on actual features. This was incredibly painful!
The good news is we’ve rooted out most of the rendering problems with CoreMail now, and development has once again turned back to features and the Big Mail interface.
We’ve spent the past month working on the iOS release, in particular the iPhone version. This has seen a major reworking of the interface to make Big Mail really sing on mobile. We experimented with a lot of designs (and actually ended up building a lot of them too) to see what felt right. After trying out tab bars, jump menus, and more, we’ve settled on something that in hindsight is obvious: a feed.
The Big Mail feed is fully customisable, so you can prioritise what’s important to you. Each Scene has a distinct and fully interactive preview of your messages, with the ability to jump right into them.
Not only that, but the feed adapts around your workday, sinking conversations after hours and raising fun reads instead (again, completely customisable and up to you). We think you’re really gonna love this.
We also reworked “Reader Mode” to look and work great on mobile too. Newsletters and Notifications look awesome:
So when can you expect to get Big Mail? Like most people and businesses we’ve also been grappling with the effects of Covid, so we’re still unable to commit to a specific release date. I know this will be disappointing, but as we’ve always said we’ll only ship something we’re confident in, and we’re just not there yet.
We’ll be inviting more people to the beta shortly (sorry we’re unable to answer every email and DM about beta requests). Just know we’re going as fast as we can (whilst also trying not to break anything). We know this is important, and we want to get it right.
Finally I’ll be sharing a full product walkthrough soon, showing you everything as well as explaining the philosophy and thinking behind Big Mail.
As always thank you for your continued enthusiasm and excitement for Big Mail!