Back in the '90s, email was more like writing a letter. You had titles, greetings and salutations, and they were often pages long. As time went on, more people started to rely on sending text messages for quicker communication. Texts are easier because they are stripped of these titles, greetings, salutations and so on.
But what about the professionals? Now that email is always on your phone or tablet, more people are using it conversationally, or to send quick bits of information. So why do we still have subjects and signatures?
With the help of a new app from Microsoft called Send, it looks like email is now evolving to become more like the text message.
What does Send do? It gets rid of the subject lines, signatures and anything else that might get it in the way. The goal is to make sending clean emails quick, easy and clutter free. Designed for the workers on the go, "Send is specifically designed for this get-in get-out scenario."
There's even a Quick Reply option, where you can respond with pre-typed notes like "On my way" or "I'll call you back in 10."
However, it's important to note that you can't see all of your emails in Send. Yes, your conversations are synced and you can pick up on your computer where you left off on your smartphone, but inside Send, you will only be able to see the email threads you started in the app, streamlining your feed and keeping it free of longer emails.
You can also send emails to non-Send users without worry.
Right now, the app is only available for iOS devices, but will soon be available for Android and Windows phones. Keep an eye on the Happening Now page for the Android and Windows Phone release date.