Since we unveiled the reimagination of email 15 months ago, the concept, workflow, and spirit of the project have impacted the way many think about and use email. We’ve delivered a web application to thousands, but we’re continually motivated to improve Mail Pilot and engage more users. To accomplish this, we’re preparing the release of our mobile and desktop applications, enhancing efficiency and security, and upending our pricing. We have 6 major announcements to share with you.
1. No Third-party Server = Incredibly Secure & Efficient
Our users have spoken, and we’ve listened: Email does not belong on any third-party servers.
Mail Pilot’s advanced features currently require an online service. We always utilize the most advanced security and privacy; however, we constantly seek more efficient and secure methods. After months of innovation and development, we’ve managed incredible advances that enable an even better Mail Pilot experience without any third-party servers.
As a result, we will not store or process email account information, message data, or any personal information on our servers (or any third-party servers) for any mobile and desktop apps. All communication occurs directly between your device and your email service provider’s server using the highest encryption available. The new Mail Pilot is incredibly stable, fast, private, and secure.
There are two tradeoffs. First, there will be no single sign-on for the native apps to further improve security. Second, while all native apps will synchronize with each other, the current web app will not be compatible with the native apps (once you switch, we recommend that you discontinue use of the web app). However, we will continue to update and maintain the web app as we roll out the full suite of applications.
2. No More Subscription
We realized early that nobody would celebrate paying a subscription for an email client and service. Despite this, we logically chose a subscription pricing model to cover recurring server costs and ensure a reliable, long-term email experience. Because we will no longer incur additional recurring server costs, we’ve completely reevaluated our pricing model to be more convenient and straight-forward for users.
We’re ecstatic to announce that all new users will only pay a one time fee for each Mail Pilot application that they download, with no recurring costs.
Kickstarter backers & Preorder customers, see announcement 6.
3. Fully Native
The upcoming Mail Pilot applications will be fully native. No emulations, no wrapped web apps; everything is written from the ground up for each platform. The iPhone® and iPad® app is arriving very soon, Mac® will follow shortly. Windows and Android are forthcoming. See earlier announcement here.
4. Out of the gate iPhone + iPad Universal, All IMAP support
Our first fully native application, Mail Pilot for iPhone + iPad, will be in your hands very soon. We worked tirelessly to create a universal application so it would be available for both iPhone and iPad on launch. New customers will pay only once and receive Mail Pilot on all of their iPhones and iPads. All IMAP email accounts are compatible with the new applications.
5. Unveiling Mail Pilot for iPhone + iPad
Mail Pilot for iPhone & iPad from Mindsense LLC on Vimeo.
Can’t wait for the iPhone + iPad app? Get notified on launch.
6. Kickstarter Backers & Pre-order customers: Pay nothing more for life, you’re in.
Backers & Current customers have paid for access to Mail Pilot for a period of time, but we’re ecstatic to announce that they will now receive Mail Pilot free for life.
They will receive all Mail Pilot applications free forever beginning with iPhone + iPad. We’ll also continue to maintain and update our web application and service, and they’ll never pay for this again. This amounts to more than a $100 value once all of the applications are available, and we’re ecstatic to extend the benefits of our pricing model change to them.
Bonus: 7. New Branding
Because the new Mail Pilot is a complete reconstruction and redesign, we’ve totally redone our branding. See the press package, below.
As a sea pilot, hoisting a red and white flag, guides ships through congested and dangerous waters, Mail Pilot helps you navigate your congested, and often dangerous, inbox.
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