17 APR

‘Mailbox’ for iPhone Loses the Wait

by Marianne Schultz

Orchestra’s mail management app, Mailbox, debuted in the App Store in February and while it impressed many, there was a long virtual line before most people could actually use it. Yesterday, Orchestra announced that the virtual line to use the app has been eliminated.

Good news! Mailbox is now available without having to wait in line. After 10 weeks of around-the-clock hard work, our engineering team has scaled the Mailbox service to deliver over 100 million messages per day (and growing). We believe we can now confidently handle new users as they sign up, so we’ve pulled down the reservation system.

If you missed the hubbub around Mailbox, the app lets you manage your email inbox with gestures to re-order, delete, archive, and even snooze your emails for later handling. Here’s the promo video so you can see it in action:

It works only with Gmail accounts at the moment and the app is free to download and use. I was able to start using Mailbox a couple of weeks or so after it was released and while I like the concept, it doesn’t help me be more productive for work though if it gets the ability to handle IMAP accounts outside of Gmail, I’d definitely use it for my personal email.

If you’ve been waiting patiently to give Mailbox a whirl or are just hearing about it for the first time, now is the time to get it. If you’re already using Mailbox, you’ll be happy to know that it got some smarter snooze options, interface improvements, and bug fixes in version 1.2.0 that was released earlier this week.

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    Mailbox

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    1 week ago
    Rating:
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    Version:
    2.3.2
    iOS Universal

    The fast, fun mobile inbox that puts email in its place. Note: Currently for Gmail and iCloud accounts. Other email platforms are on the way! Mailbox is a completely redesigned inbox that makes...

2 Comments

  1. Knuspar

    For people who are already just remotly organised, this app does nothing.

    I already use gmails tag system and archive mails accordingly when ive read them, so my inbox only really have mails that are unread. And as I use the gmail app, I get a push message everytime a new mail arrives, and then i either read it promtly and archive it accordingly after replying or whatever, or flag it for reading when im with my pc/ipad later in the day.

    What Im saying is, if youre the type of person who recive 50+ maisl a day and only check you mail once or twice a day, theres really no need for this app. And if you only check mails that seldom, why even have a smartphone anyways?

  2. BMT

    After all of the hype, this app is a let down. I agree with Knuspar, these features are already in place. This app just creates more work and delays actually processing your email. Now to delete those extra folders…

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