Many apps, Mac or Windows, have an undo feature which lets you undo what you last did. Some apps have multiple levels of undo so you can try something, and then back out, step by step. Undo should be everywhere. Undo is where Google leads Apple.
As much as I loathe Google’s business tactics, let me give credit where credit is due. One of Google’s most used products is Gmail, and the company is willing to change it.
Maybe they’ve been reading Mac360 over at Google and recognized the truth in what we’ve said many times; “Nothing improves without change.”
Google’s new Inbox email app aims to improve the Gmail experience and one of the golden touches that Google says Inbox may get is ‘undo send.’
Whoa! Wait. What? Can that be right?
Yessiree Bob. Google says they’re working on ‘undo send’ for Inbox, the company’s new invite-only email app, a feature that will bring a smile to the face of anyone who’s ever clicked Send To All, or just clicked Send when they didn’t want to, or clicked Send for a message that went to the wrong person.
Seriously. Undo Send is an email feature that is long overdue. For all of Apple’s innovation chops, Cupertino is awfully quiet about such very useful things these days.
So, let me push the envelope for Google, Apple, and Microsoft, the purveyors of the world’s three most used operating systems on major computing devices (notice that I didn’t say ‘popular’). What about installing an undo option for everything?
Think about it. OS X and iOS both should have a built-in undo option for upgrades that go bad. Ditto for Mac and iOS applications that go crash in the light of day. Anything that makes a change here or there should be no more than a click away from being backed up, undone or undid or whatever undo is when it’s past tense.
Google won’t make a nickel or a dime from Undo Send, because, well, you know. They’re still Google, evil and all that. But I’m sure many Android and Windows users would switch to the iPhone, iPad, or Mac if it featured a built-in undo function for everything, especially email.