Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Jul 2012 01:24 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces "We're able to produce absolutely stunning websites and mobile apps with great interaction design. Interfaces that are smooth and fun and let us understand information without even trying. But when it comes to email clients, we get a bit of a boring feeling, like using an old piece of software from 10 years ago. I think we can do better. So let's do that." Great ideas and beautiful design by Tobias van Schneider, but why he would forcefully shoehorn this clearly digital UI into Mac OS X is beyond me. It has no place there. This just screams Metro.
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by Kroc on Wed 11th Jul 2012 06:03 UTC
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This is lipstick on a pig. He’s taken a "10 year old program" and dressed it up to look 10-years younger, but it’s still the same underneath.

Where Mozilla have failed with Thunderbird is that they have not seen the pains that users are going through with webmail.

If it were me in control; this would be my "email" plan going forward:

1. Make Thunderbird a glorified Firefox extension; people could still download and install a program, but it would just be a special shortcut to launch Firefox and go straight to Thunderbird

2. Market it as "webmail made easy". Make account setup super simple, even import them automatically from the saved usernames/passwords in Firefox

People are not going to download, install and setup an app to do their webmail, but they will if it’s just a toolbar button in Firefox and (for the most part) preconfigured.

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