Apple’s Mail program has been the same essentially for years. And even with the Exchange support added with Snow Leopard, the company’s main e-mail program really is lacking in features. Power e-mailers have turned to other options and as a result, the program sits in the dock, lonely and unused. So how does Apple fix the problem? Here’s how.
- Take some tips from the competition. Gmail is finally out of beta, and it’s been fine-tuned to perfection. Labels make organization easy, and are sorely lacking from Mail. The only way that articles can be marked is with a flag, and that’s not very efficient. Fact is, color coding is already included in the system, it’s just incredibly difficult to access.
- Folders. Entourage isn’t the best program in the world, but being able to sort e-mails into separate folders keeps the inbox free for current tasks. And with Inbox Zero being so popular nowadays, it’d be nice to include that with the base program.
- Take out the RSS. I’m an RSS feed guy, and I know most people aren’t. But why even include the reader in mail? Not only does it look horrible, it doesn’t work well either. Seems like there’s no point to it.
We’re hoping Apple might follow up on a few of our suggestions. If not, then it looks like we’ll continue hunting for other e-mail options out there.