Email that we know has a problem. Email is the killer file on the internet. Honestly, I think email and spam management can shorten your life. The technology industry is throwing around the buzzwords with the abandonment of a politician with a bag full of rhetoric. VR is virtual reality. AR is augmented reality. An old is AI. Artificial intelligence. Artificial hype maybe.
Here's a look at a Mac email app that has been around for a while, gets better, and uses a buzzword to describe features. Astro is a new age Mac, iPhone, iPad and Amazon Alexa email application that claims to be born of artificial intelligence.
As for email applications for Mac, iPhone or iPad, few that I haven't tried; Someone I've spent a while, for the most part, I'm going to return to Apple's Mail, but later I've settled on Airmail for now (because it integrates with SpamSieve and syncs between Mac, iPhone and iPad). Is there anything better? If you believe in the gods of artificial intelligence, maybe. Astro. This makes the mouth water, right? Email everywhere, voice controlled, Mac, iPhone, iPad?
Great, right? And free, too? For now. It's a warning-based gotcha, I'm coming for a moment.
Astro has all the email features for new age. A priority multi-account Inbox. A Snooze option to keep an email warm while doing other things. A subscription option to get rid of unwanted incoming emails, sometimes known as spam (and do some cancellations actually work in the same year you invoke it?).
Good so far, right?
In the Astrobot feature, messages can be customized, folders of emails can be organized and remain fully compatible with Gmail and Office 365 folders (think Outlook). Astro is smart enough to show and set personal reminders. If there are questions in a message, the built-in Astrobot can remind you.
You must love a Send later feature (hint: Gmail and Office 365). Attachments can be deleted in Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, iCloud, Mac, or anywhere. And of course, signatures. Lots of signatures. Astro even uses the MacBook Pro's new built-in touchline. What's not to like? Astro is smart. Astro is free. Astro runs on Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android devices and Amazon Echo.
Warning? Yes, it is quite like that. Astro works with Gmail and Office 365 emails, unified, yes, but Yahoo !, iCloud or standard IMAP email accounts must apply.
I like what I see. So far. Astro is well differentiated from such as Airmail or Spark, less functional than Apple's own Mail, but with features not found in Mail. There is no price tag, and rightly so. Some features, such as Send Sender, are easily handled in Gmail and Office 365 (MailButler has it for Mac and Apple Mail).
Here's what I think will happen. Gmail and Office 365 email users are a big target audience, and a good way to get the feature set settled, get a little under the tires, so to speak. At some point in the future, Astro may be available to non-Gmail and non-Office 365 users – the rest of us. And we'll see a price tag. When Astro makes standard IMAP emails, I come back to reconnect the tires.