Emails are a vital ingredient of our professional life. Since the time email was launched, it has been put for a lot of use. It’s a means of communication that is not only effectively free but also spontaneous as there is no delay in receiving or sending messages. The electronic mail was a key to the digital revolution and now the time is about right for it to be improved.
Inbox an email company formed MIT alums and ex-Google and Dropbox employees promises to change the way emails work the way they are. Emails use IMAP or POP3 protocols in backend to receive messages while SMTP to send messages on any email provider. Inbox app announces a new platform which explains why these old technology need to retire. On July 5, 2014 Inbox released a open sourced API which makes the working with emails a pleasant experience.
Until now, it has been very difficult to work with old protocols and formats to simply add basic features to email applications because it needs a lot of learning beforehand. The development process slows down and sometime are a hindrance to achieve what developers planned for.
Emails are here to stay but the implementation of what goes in backend needs a change which Inbox modern API promises to deliver.
Google this year at I/O, their annual developers conference also announced a new Gmail API coming soon which allows applications to interact with the emails better making a chance for lot more useful cases to be seen in future. Inbox tries to reform this for not only Gmail but to every email service provider including Microsoft Exchange. Inbox focuses on the product and aims to create a uniform API that let developers create useful yet beautiful applications to charm the end consumers.
Inbox is not just to offer a suite of developer tools, but to create a new email standard. Michael Grinich, former engineer at Dropbox and Nest says, the company has to provide the fundamental infrastructure as an open source package. The core part of this modern API is the sync engine which for now works with Gmail and Yahoo Mail but plans to expand soon to all IMAP providers. Meanwhile, enterprise users on Microsoft Exchange can request access to the Inbox Developer program, which supports ActiveSync, available in private beta.
Developers can download the platform, sync their accounts and start building on the new platform in a local environment until the company releases it as a SaaS which shall allow developers to create applications without needing to scale their infrastructure.
There are some of the applications already out using the Inbox SDK which are available on Github for demonstration. For more information visit, the app here and begin building with Inbox.