Opera Browser and new M2 email client
For some time I have been using the Opera browser - it's very cool, very fast and has some neat features. The beta release of version 7 looks great, but the interesting part is a new email client: M2 - they are taking a new approach to organizing email, and I would be interested in other people's thoughts.
I have yet to try it, as it is another distraction I don't have time for, but the concepts are very interesting:
Here is the link and some text:
'Tutorial' is below:
The most important and innovative feature of M2 are the access points. They are not a mere feature, but form the foundation of the way M2 works and replace the customary way of organizing e-mail.
What are they?
Consider having one database of all your e-mails. If, for instance, you would want to view all e-mail from a friend, you search the database and view the result. Or if you would want to view all e-mails with an MP3 attachment, you search again, and so on.
The important thing to understand is that access points are like searches into your e-mail database (your list of e-mails), where the "search results" are e-mails. Access points show all e-mails which fit a certain description, but they do not contain the actual e-mails.
This makes them different from the mail folders you might be familiar with, where an e-mail is stored in a folder and only visible there. In M2 an e-mail may show up in several access points, if it fits the descriptions in each of them. For instance, if a friend attaches a document to an e- mail, the e-mail will show up under the "Attachments" access point as well as the "Contacts" access point.
This unique behaviour will require some getting used to, but it is very intuitive and very powerful and you will be able to retrieve e-mails faster and with greater ease. To quote an internal tester:
I just realized that before M2 I have never had mail in such a good order. If you wonder how I've managed in that, I must say that I haven't [M2 did it for me]! Finally, with M2 I can just leave mail lying around and thanks to access points/labels I can find everything quickly without problems. Now my mailbox looks just like my desktop and floor :-)
As the quote above illustrates: access points go a long way toward organizing your mail for you. It is just so much easier than with regular folders. There are a variety of standard access points in M2. These will be described briefly further down in this document.
Another email (and file) viewer
A very cool new tool is the Scopeware bets (from www.scopeware.com). It shows all files and emails as a temporal stream, totally searchable.
Re: Another email (and file) viewer
It might be cool, but it treats that anything you have that you didn't make or manage with Microsoft software as garbage. Outlook only. Word only. The author has stated that he sees no point in ever supporting any other company's software because "Microsoft has won in the marketplace," so I am extremely reluctant to give him any business.
Originally Posted by Guest
Re: Opera Browser and new M2 email client
I've been using it for about a week. It rocks. The only trick is to realize that "folders" are really "filters." You create a new "folder," then set it's properties to include the messages you want. You can have one folder with all the mail from zootski, and another with all the mail that has "GTD" anywhere in the body. Any mail from zootski about GTD will be in both folders. Awesome!
Originally Posted by zootski