Microsoft's back again with yet another app from its Microsoft Garage unit, and this one's a new email app called Send. The company describes Send as an "in-and-out" email solution that focuses on simplicity and brevity; it looks much more like a messaging app than it does your typical email client. "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," the Outlook team wrote in a blog post today.
Send is deeply tied into Office 365 at launch — only people using an Office 365 business or school account can use the app. So your Outlook.com email won't do you much good here, nor will a Gmail account. It uses this Office 365 link to surface the contacts you've emailed recently (and most frequently). Note that you don't see your full inbox in Send; instead, the app only contains conversations that you've started within it. For longer emails, you'll want to hop over to Outlook or your preferred mobile email app.
"With Send, there are no signatures, subject lines or salutations required. Our design principle for the app was to make conversations fast and fluid while keeping the people who are important to you at its core," Microsoft says. You can even see when someone is typing a reply, which is standard stuff for messaging apps but pretty crazy to see applied to email. Thankfully, unlike the last one, this is one Microsoft Garage effort that the company has already promised you'll see on Windows Phone and Android.