Email Insights – easy index and search for your emails.

February 18th, 2017 by Stephen Jones Leave a reply »

Email may have been a convenience 15 years ago, but now it’s a hassle most of us want to ignore whenever possible. To Search through a full email inbox in Outlook or Gmail is frustrating. There are numerous variables that you may want to use: sender, send date, topic, recipients, spelling variations, file size, with or without attachment, etc.

Even the search engine masters at Google, have not managed to come up with a way to fully address the shortcomings of email searches. Microsoft Garage, is Microsoft’s website for experimental projects> It maybe has solved the problem with Email Insights, an app for Windows 10 Anniversary Edition that indexes emails from both Outlook and Gmail and tries to make searching these simple.

Microsoft senior research director Suresh Parthasarathy summed up the team’s strategy : It wants to duplicate the reliability of a search engine. “It is not just about the algorithms, but about the user experience. We present a novel browser-like email experience that feels lightweight and works just like web search.” The web search backbone is even more apparent with the inclusion of: auto complete, spell checking, and even the inclusion of an “intent pane” that looks a lot like a Google featured snippet.

Email Insights is programmed with “fuzzy” name recognition, to suggest appropriate spellings based on your email history and the contents of your inbox. It can also reportedly abstract more than just name. According to Parthasarathy. “A user need not remember all the exact keywords or spellings for their queries,” he said. “The idea is to remove the cognitive load of a user while searching,” essentially fulfilling the same role as a traditional search engine.

The app provides an optional taskbar-pinnable search field, to further separate it from the typical email client.

Email Insights is designed to separate the user from the email inbox. Email Insights isn’t yet a full-featured email client replacement for Outlook or Gmail: It’s designed as a companion app to make using both of those simpler. If Email Insights’ new search algorithm lives up to the developers claims, then it willprobaly be included into future versions of Outlook. For now it’s a separate app with one specific purpose: Indexing and simplifying email searches.

Email Insights is currently a Windows 10 Anniversary Edition exclusive, and it only supports Gmail and Outlook accounts. If you meet those criteria then you can download it here.

• Light-weight email application focused on search.
• Mix of Relevance and Recency based results.
• Guided search through Email Autocomplete, Fuzzy person name search.
• Commands for quick action.
• Tabbed UI for convenience.

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