One of the web’s oldest browser makers decided to create a new product, The Next Mac Browser. What is it? Just another browser. That same company has decided to re-create the killer app for the Mac. The end result will surprise you. It ain’t a browser.
A 21st Century Killer App
My father had another saying worth remembering. ‘The road less traveled is often less traveled for a reason.’ In other words, don’t re-invent the wheel. That’s been done.
Put another way, why bother doing that which, in the end, won’t be much different than what already exists, and isn’t loved in the first place?
The venerable browser company Opera, whose not-very-popular browser has been around on various devices, including the Mac, since the last century, reinvented the killer app we’d love to kill.
Introducing, Opera Mail. Yet another email app.
What does Opera Mail do that’s different than other email applications? Tabs are nice, but hardly new. Labels are good, but not exactly a pioneering effort.
Other than tabs, Opera Mail looks exactly like every other email app you’ve probably ever seen.
Messages, Labels, and attachments are listed in the left Sidebar, with standard email heading and message area in the right Sidebar.
Opera Mail also organizes email threads, but that’s not exactly a new feature. There’s a built-in RSS subscription reader, but, again, that’s not blazing new trails.
The app isn’t heavy on features, so setup and usage is quick and easy, especially if you’ve grown tired of Apple’s Mail in OS X, which is becoming feature laden (not in a good way).
Opera Mail is yet another email app which looks, feels, works like most, and it’s even priced about the same as most. Free.