To say email has become an integral part of our lives is a gross understatement, as most of us get dozens of emails everyday. The question of how to manage all the information still remains. There are many email clients out there, but it seems as if they all lack one feature or another. Well, for Mac users there will soon be another alternative available in the App Store.
The developers of Sparrow have confirmed that version one is just about ready for release. I have been running the Beta version with my Gmail account and have immensely enjoyed the simplistic design of the user interface. It will be interesting to see if some of the touted features will be available in version one. As of now Yahoo Mail, MobileMe and other IMAP email providers are not currently supported, but the Sparrow website says that support is on its way.
The Beta version was released in October and included advertising support that users were able to disable in the preferences. The full version will be available in a free, “lite” version that will be ad supported or an ad free, paid, premium version. Pricing has yet to be officially announced, although I was able to obtain pricing information from the companies blog postings.
2 versions of Sparrow will be released. They’ll both be available in the Mac AppStore and on our website:
Paid: Sparrow will cost $24.99 but early birds will benefit from the $19.99 introductory price.
Free: Sparrow Lite will be ad-supported. Carbon Ads is providing the nice ads you have certainly seen in the latest Beta version. The free version will allow one-account creation only.
As detailed above, the premium version of Sparrow will let you add multiple email accounts while the Lite version will only support one email address and include Carbon Ads.
I am looking forward to the completed version to hit the App Store as I believe Sparrow will be a viable option for users who do don’t get enough functionality out of Apple Mail.
What email client do you use and what would you change about it to work better for you?