Microsoft has announced a new email app dubbed Send, built with the goal of making keeping in touch with your email contacts simpler, as well as more immediately accessible and responsive; in short it is styling itself after popular instant messaging applications such as WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, and Facebook Chat.
Send works in cooperation with an Office 365 email account, where it will sync up your contacts and allow you to start a conversation with a simple tap of their icon. It does NOT, however, act as a platform for sending and receiving regular emails; that ‘s still handled by Microsoft’s existing email suites. Send is simply allowing you to talk to your existing email contacts in a much more off-the-cuff fashion. Think of the relationship between Gmail and Hangouts and you’re not far off.
At present Microsoft Send is only compatible with business and school Office 365 accounts and the application is only available for iOS, however, Microsoft plans to create an Android version and, of course, a Windows version too.
One of the really interesting things here though, as well as the simplicity of use and the integration features (across platforms), is the simplified interface design. We can see plenty of Windows tile style iconography and design in there which may be giving us a taste of what to expect in Windows 10. There’s also a whiff of Android’s Material Design about it. Although there’s something very progressive and commendable about Microsoft being proactive with its applications and services for rival platforms (something it’s had a bad track record with that has done it more harm than good), and it’s a sensible move in its own right, we almost wonder whether this is a bid to tempt people over to Windows 10 with an insight into the platform’s future.