There’s a new stable release of WMail, the app that describes itself as “the missing desktop client for Gmail”.
Do you remember a small little Ubuntu app called Unity Mail? A small app, it let you see the number of unread messages in your Gmail (or other webmail) account on the Unity launcher without the (comparative) hassle of setting up or running a fully fledged desktop e-mail app. Not ringing any bells? There’s a reason for that. We last mentioned Unity […]
Claws Mail 3.14.0 is the latest release of the lightweight GTK+ email client. Among its latest crop of changes is master passphrase support.
This post, Claws Mail 3.14 Released with Improved Password Security, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.
A new version of open-source email client Geary is available to download, the first update to the app in more than a year. The demise of Yorba as a non-profit software company a year or ago left the fate of their open source projects, Shotwell photo manger and Geary e-mail client among them, uncertain. Elementary was quick to announce […]
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Opera’s popular e-mail feature is to be removed from the browser and released as a standalone application, developers have announced.
The decision to remove the feature, which was first added in 2000, is part of several major changes planned for Opera 15. The next generation version of the browser, currently available for testing as ‘Opera Next’, sees Opera swap out its Presto rendering engine in favour of Google’s new Webkit-fork ‘Blink’.
But rather than ditch with the integrated e-mail client, called M2, entirely Opera developers have decided to package it up and release it as a separate, standalone product.
“It’s almost ready, so today we want to introduce to you, the first release candidate of Opera Mail,’ the Opera’s Adam Minchinton writes on the desktop team blog, ‘So please download it and send us your feedback.”
Now for the not so good news. Downloads of Opera Mail’s Release Candidate are currently only available for Windows and Mac OS X, though – thankfully – Opera devs have confirmed that the app will be coming to Linux.
Following Mozilla’s axing of direct development on Thunderbird, and lightweight mail app Geary failing to get funding, the desktop mail client was looking doomed.
But this news, along with that of innovative app Inky’s plans for Linux, means mail app fans need not worry just yet…
Open-source e-mail app Geary may have struggled to find funding recently, but that doesn’t mean it’s game over for desktop e-mail apps.
“Revolutionary Email client” Inky, though not well known, is on its way to the Linux desktop. The application is already available to download for free on OS X and Windows.
Inky is pretty unlike any other email app currently available on Linux – not just in looks but also in features.
For example, Inky scans your inbox and contacts during set-up to work out which messages are more likely to be ‘important’ to you, and which aren’t. The darker an ink drop next to a message the more important Inky considers it.
Setting up accounts is really easy – and yes you can add multiple-accounts, including GMail, Yahoo! and Windows Live/Outlook, and any other account supporting POP or IMAP.
Smart Views can be added to the sidebar to let you quickly jump to email grouped by a specific theme (shopping mail shots, social networking, mails from contacts only, etc).
In fact, many of Inky’s features remind me more of web-mail services like GMail than traditional desktop apps. Which is quite an exciting thing.
You can read about more of Inky’s features on its website.
Inky devs aren’t giving any firm date for the release of a Linux port other than a vague “quite soon”. But ‘soon’ is better than a ‘never’, so I’m okay with that.
In all, Inky is unlikely to persuade ardent web-mail users to switch to a dedicated desktop app, but if the Linux version maintains feature parity with the Windows and Mac clients it’ll certainly offer a compelling alternative for those using, but not satisfied with, Thunderbird, Evolution or Geary.
Thanks to Steven Judge
Top image credit: Inky