Mailbox for Mac has just entered public beta, offering a variety of new features that have been sorely lacking from desktop mail and acting as a complement to the popular mobile inbox.
One of the first things you’ll notice when trying out the beta version is draft support. This feature makes it easier to manage drafts across multiple devices. So if you start writing a lengthy email on your desktop, it’ll be synced to all of your devices as long as you’re logged into Dropbox. This feature will be added to the Mailbox apps for iOS and Android soon.
Another nifty feature is snooze. With just a single swipe, you can set messages to be read later. Then, you just have to tap when you want that message to appear back in your inbox. Some of the predefined options include “This Evening,” “Tomorrow,” and “This Weekend.” This stands to make keeping on top of your inbox easier, especially when you can prioritize more effectively. You can also swipe to delete messages, add them to lists, or archive them.
Over time, Mailbox for Mac learns your swipe patterns, storing them on Dropbox to be synced across your devices. This means how you categorize your email will at one point be automatically sorted.
Anyone who’s signed up for the wait list for Mailbox for Mac will likely get an email soon with a betacoin attached. This provides access to the beta version and enables the snooze-to-desktop function.
Mailbox demoed the pre-beta version back in April. The mobile iOS app launched in February 2013 and an Android version was also released in April, despite the company’s initial hesitation about porting a distinctly iOS experience onto Android.
Dropbox purchased Mailbox in March 2013.