Software engineers are constantly looking to build the next big thing. Go where the puck is going, they say, and with all that MBA psychobabble rattling around in my head, I set to thinking… So what would it be: Machine Learning? Predictive Intelligence? Virtual Reality? Deep Learning? Well it was:
You can also go to Youtube to watch it in glorious HD.
As it turns out, our engineering ambitions were far more mundane than all that AI stuff: building the next-generation email client in Asana. There’s an oxymoron in that statement, as email is previous generation, like, pre-World War One. Unfortunately the rest of the world runs on it, even if we rabid Asana types would love to just &$#@** stomp on email and… I digress.
So, one day, I got it! Why not put our dusty MIT engineering degrees to use, write some code (like, 3 years of it), and make Asana an almost perfect email client, so we could use Asana to:
- Stop using Gmail and Outlook apps and just use Asana.
- Filter out marketing newsletters from my inbox.
- Be alerted to email from clients only, not by newsletters, team members, friends.
- Automatically file away emails from clients into client projects, without manual clicks.
- Ignore internal internal team emails and not put them into Asana.
- Tag emails with client information such as company name, type, account manager, etc.
- And, gasp, even reply from Asana without opening Gmail or Outlook!
- …with all emails going to clients from your own email address, not @asana.com emails.
You heard that right. Reply to emails from Asana. That’s what got us really fired up. So we shot a video to show you how it works. You’ll need Gmail (Gsuite only, not @gmail.com emails for now) or Outlook 365, Asana (of course), and go to the Dossier signup on Onboardify’s website to sign up for a FREE account.
For you technical types, this is built using Angular, Java, Websockets, Mongo, and technologies with a bunch of other acronyms that most people don’t really care about. Whatever, it was great fun building it, and a ton of hard work. We hope you love it!
P.S. We the Asana API engineers.