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06 August 2017

Astro’s email app comes with a chatbot assistant

No matter what line of work you’re in, there’s a good chance you could use a little (okay, a lot) less email in your life.

Enter Astro, which won’t let you ditch email for good (sadly), but it will help make overflowing inboxes more manageable. 

The app has just about all the features you’d expect from an email client — priority inbox, customizable swipes and notifications, the ability to “snooze” emails for later — and then some. The app has a dizzying feature set that includes email tracking (to keep tabs on who actually opens your messages), scheduling, custom VIP lists, and integrations with Slack and Amazon’s Echo.

The app’s secret sauce is a built-in assistant that makes managing overflowing inboxes easier.

But the app’s secret sauce is a built-in assistant that makes managing overflowing inboxes a little easier. The chatbot assistant, nicknamed “Astrobot,” learns your habits over time and will offer helpful suggestions based on what it knows. 

For example, it can remind you to respond to questions from people who have emailed you, prompt you to add a frequently-contacted email to your VIP list, and unsubscribe you from newsletters and other junk.

That may sound a bit gimmicky, but it’s a surprisingly effective way to take care of routine inbox maintenance. 

And, best of all, it helps cut down on the amount of time you need to spend on email to begin with, which is something we should all endorse.

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