Crowdsourcing Mornings: Gmail For Mac

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We love Gmail for all it does to make email friendly and more human. But Google hasn’t built an app for Gmail on the desktop like it has on iOS and Android.  Apps like Outlook and Mail wipe away all the unique power of Gmail, leaving many of us to do on the desktop what we’d never want to do on our phones – use it in the browser, buried in the chaos of web browsing.  They’d dreamed of turning Gmail into a powerful, fluid email client that not only makes Gmail easier to use, but goes way beyond and makes a beautiful statement about what email itself could be like.  After 18 months, it’s now almost here. They just need your help to launch.

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A huge piece of what they wanted to do with Gmail for Mac was to radically simplify the effort and “cognitive burden” of using your email. It’s something they do all day long, all the time, and it should be as easy as breathing.  They’ve made radical new ways – entirely unique to their client – for filtering out the noise of email alerts and unread counts that come at you all day long. They’ve also honed the user experience so that nearly everything you do constantly can be reached in a single click or gesture (navigating your email, writing a new message, opening your inbox, etc). This is the kind of iOS-like focus & simplicity that has liberated us all on mobile.  They wanted to do that for email on the desktop.
They already have a polished alpha, but they’ve started this Kickstarter to get to launch. What that means:

  • Beta testing phase before launch
  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite upgrade completion
  • Possible Inbox by Google integration
  • Community to help us test, give feedback, and … well, they just think you guys would be awesome even if you do none of that.
  • Marketing funding to help get the word out at launch

So, they’re after supporters, a few enthusiastic folks to help them beta test, and launch funding to help kick off the product launch. Please join them and become a part of their bold dream to elevate Gmail to a whole new level!
As of November 6th, this project has raised around $4,500 of their $20,000 goal.  This project only has 32 days left to raise the $20,000 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $5, you will get an early bird copy of Gmail For Mac.  For a pledge of $28, you will get a copy of Gmail For Mac, Gmail bonus video courses, early priority access to new features to support popular Gmail plugins, and add-ons like Rapportive and Boomerang.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1919581657/gmail-for-mac-finally-gmail-is-a-true-desktop-emai

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