Holding on is believing that there’s only a past;
letting go is knowing that there’s a future.
– Daphne Rose Kingma
Sometimes you have to let go, to make room for new things & new thoughts. I like to take the start of the new year as an opportunity to let go and clean up my desk. Sadly, there are no plans to continue working on the development of .Mail app - I say this with a heavy heart, as I know that so many of you looked forward to this app the same way I did & I'm very thankful for all your support.
.Mail started as a little side project, a little over a year ago. When the concept surprisingly received more and more exposure I decided to take the chance and see if we could make it happen. During this time my life was a little crazy, I moved from Austria to New York, back to Austria, then to Stockholm and then to New York again. All while, working on a few too many projects at the same time.
We knew from the beginning that developing an E-Mail client for desktop was going to be very hard. I failed at putting together a team that could take on this challenge. With limited time on the side and no financial support this was even harder to accomplish and the progress we made was very slow - Working on an app like this clearly needs full time focus.
.Mail app as a project was eating up a lot of my time & money over the past year, letting it go will lift a heavy weight off my shoulders.
Looking back I'm still very proud of what we learned. Together with Robert, the first and only developer on .Mail we didn't had much previous MacOSX app development nor mail protocol knowledge we learned SO MUCH over the time we worked on this project, even if we couldn't deliver a final product that lived up to our expectations.
I'd like to thank all of you who supported me or offered help during this period. The support of the community has always been amazing and was the main reason why I tried so hard to make this project happen. Thanks so much to my friends at les Avignons for their help & support, especially Robert who kept on working on this beast till the very end.
A lot has changed since the original conception of .Mail app. Since then, many other apps have followed with the same or similar concepts for Desktop & Mobile trying to solve E-Mail for a new generation. I'm still very interested in this topic, even though my opinion changed a bit. I don't think an E-Mail client is a sustainable solution and ultimately will solve the communication problem we intended to solve. (at least try)
I'd like to leave you with this final thought - With E-Mail clients that act as TODO apps only solve half of the problem when trying to achieve inbox zero, by still giving the "Sender" much more power than the "Receiver" of the E-Mail - And that's not how it should be. Think about fixing the issue at the source, instead of at the end. I believe the future is bright, that's for sure.
You should follow me on Twitter @schneidertobias if you like to stay in touch & keep the conversation going. I'm always working on something and I would love to share it with you first. You can also write me an E-Mail of course if you have any questions.
PS: I'm still desperately in the need of a new basic E-Mail client for desktop, if you know something please let me know, I would appreciate it.