Handle app from Siri investor takes on Mailbox in email-management space


Siri investor Shawn Carolan has launched a new email and task management app, Handle, at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference. The web-based service with iOS companion app is based on the same CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) approach as the highly popular Mailbox iOS app …

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Here’s how Handle works: Your inbox flows into a JavaScript web app, and you can respond to emails inline. The basic idea is to triage your emails quickly and efficiently also being able to create a task management list. In each email you can decide whether to flag, delete, create into a project, or archive. If you decide to flag to respond later, you choose whether to flag as must do, should do or want to do and Handle will create a prioritized list of emails you need to respond to. What makes this interesting is the speed at which you can triage your email. Each action can be done by simply pressing one key (i.e. click 1 for must do, 2 for should do and so on).

Carolan says he created the app with co-founder Jonathan McCoy when he couldn’t find an existing solution that did everything he wanted.

From a brief review of the video, Handle appears to be somewhat more sophisticated than Mailbox, fully integrating emails, other tasks and calendar appointments, but we’ll be carrying out a head-to-head review of the two later to find out how they compare.

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