My latest at ProfHacker: An Important Update to Spark

Email’s one of those things we all have to deal with, whether we like it or not. It’s such a part of our day-to-day work lives that we’ve written quite a lot here over the years about it.

For quite a while I’ve been using Airmail, in large part because it’s very capable of handling multiple email accounts. It also enables scheduling of emails, without the need to use a service like Boomerang or Right Inbox (neither of which works with all email accounts). It also available in an iOS version, which is good, and it supports Gmail keyboard shortcuts (for all account types, not just Google).

There’s just one difficulty I’ve encountered with Airmail — in recent months, I’ve found it to be increasingly slow. So a while back, I started using Spark instead. Like Airmail, it can handle a variety of email accounts, including Exchange (Exchange server, that is, not just IMAP), has an iOS version, and supports Gmail keyboard shortcuts. The only feature it didn’t have was the ability to schedule email, and it was notably faster and more responsive.

As a result, for the last few months I’ve gravitated toward using Spark except when I’ve needed to schedule an email.

Then last week Readdle released an update to Spark that enables that capability. So I’ve very happily started using Spark full time.

The only downside I can see is that, like Airmail, Spark is available only for MacOS and iOS, leaving users of other platforms out in the cold. I’m aware of one cross-platform email client that may be of interest to Windows and Android users (it also has MacOS and iOS versions): Newton. I gave it a try, and it’s very good, but it’s also pricey ($49.99 per year).

What features do you look for in an email client? Do you have a favorite to recommend to other readers? Let us know in the comments.

from ProfHacker » Amy CavenderProfHacker – Blogs – The Chronicle of Higher Education

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