No matter how much you hate it, email isn’t going anywhere. But that doesn’t mean developers can’t use it to build something better. Microsoft Garage’s latest creation, released today for the iPhone, is built on top of email, but gets rid of the most annoying parts of it.
The new app, Send, foregoes subject lines and signatures for a more IM-like messaging service. Just pick the recipients, tap out a message and hit the send button. However, you don’t need to convince your friends and family to sign up for another new app just so you can send them messages. When you send a Send message to someone without the app, it shows up in their regular email client.
On your end, only messages sent with Send show up in the app, so you don’t have to search through newsletters and TPS reports to find the right message. And when you get back to your computer, the messages are right there in Outlook for easy searching and longer replies.
Send is aimed at business users who may want to quickly chat with a workmate, but don’t have anything except an email address to contact them on the go. While services like Slack are popular in some work environments, they require all users to sign up for for it to be useful. Users only need a business or student Office 365 account to sign into Send.
The app was first leaked in May as a product called Flow. The App Store language is nearly the same as the leaked description and seems to come from the same team, Microsoft Garage, which is also responsible for the Tossup polling app, the leaked OneClip universal clipboard and a handful of Android apps.