Microsoft today announced the launch of a light-weight email app called “Send.” The app is currently only available for iPhone users in the U.S. and Canada, but support for Android and Windows Phone is coming.
Send isn’t meant to cannibalize the Outlook email app. The Send app is being marketed as an email client for when you “just need to send a quick, short note to your co-worker.”
Send gives you the simple, quick text message-like experience while allowing you to reach all co-workers and have all of your communications in Outlook for reference later.
Send lets you quickly and easily send any co-worker a message without a subject line or formal email constructs. Some examples of Send messages include:
- Straight to the point: “Let’s chat in 10”
- Super urgent: “Don’t send the presentation yet”
- Simple back-and-forth conversations: “Are you in the Office today?” “No”
With Send, Microsoft is doing away with subject lines and signatures — it’s all geared towards short-form conversations. Chances are you don’t have your work colleague’s phone number, but most likely their email address. Think of Microsoft Send as a more workplace inspired version of Apple’s iMessage.
In addition to the geolocations supported, the Send app will also only work for those with Office 365 business and school email accounts, though once Microsoft has garnered feedback it does plan to open things up “in the coming months.”