IBM is always vigilant in holding its reputation as ‘Think Machine’. They never enjoyed seeing their competent wearing the best innovator crown. This time they announced their new e-mail app which is considered to be a new generation version called IBM Verse. Recently their near competitors Microsoft and Google brought in their own e-mail apps Clutter and Inbox respectively aimed to wipe out the conventional email concepts. According to an IBM official their Verse is not a contrivance like others. It has some unique features that are not comparable with the ‘minor improvement increments’ from their adversary. He also stated that Microsoft and Google can’t match up with IBM verse which is able to achieve analytics, mobile and social capabilities. The new app can be considered as a part of 5th generation computing. As they claim Verse is about to change the 40 year long email concept which has not changed much after its birth. The long list of mails are hard to organize efficiently even after this much technical advancement. IBM verse can completely outplay the old method of email prioritizing. Emails can be viewed and prioritized based on the recent behavior of the user.
Inbox the latest modern technology email app introduced by Gmail mainly focuses on categorizing emails based on the nature. You have variety of categories available for ticket booking, promotions, office mails etc. IBM decided not to follow the same idea and instigated the Picture contact method. Here the user is able to see the pictures of frequent contacts when their mails reach your inbox with a red dot. The user needs to click the picture in order to get the latest subject line. IBM uses latest machine learning algorithms to find the significant contacts and mails are arranged according to the importance. Users are no longer needed to check every single mail as the most important mails are just in front of you. Thus IBM points out that contacts are important not the subject line. If you don’t rely the algorithms fully then you can have the manual settings as well.
The new concept is people centric and more social rather than the old static mail system. They call it “at-a-view” or peek concept where you can view the latest activities of your frequent contacts so closely in an instant. ‘Hello Watson’ is also out there which is an analytics feature to which the user can querry their doubts directly or ask for help and you will get the reply instantly. Apart from the e-mail features they have also included the File sharing service, calendar, task management systems etc. The free e-mail app is expected to release on Q1 of 2015 and will be based on both Android and iOS platforms. And of course you need to pay for certain ad-on as well.