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Evernote gains improved note editor, while MetroMail gains Outlook support

MetroMail

We love app updates on Windows Phone. Especially when they’re for apps the community really likes. Today Evernote and Metromail both pick up new updates for Windows Phone. Evernote fans can look forward to a better note editor, while MetroMail fans have some new Outlook support to enjoy. Let’s dive into all that’s new with these two apps.

Evernote

Evernote is now at version 4.3.1.1117 in the Windows Phone Store. The following features are brand spanking new:

  • Better note editor
  • Edit pictures in preview
  • Mask pin code on unlock

Fans of Evernote will really like the new note editor in the application. It now features indentations (text, list, check boxes), in line attachments, table editing, horizontal rule support and layout improvements. You can also look forward to the ability to edit pictures in preview and mask the pin code on unlock.

Download Evernote for free from the Windows Phone Store.

QR: Evernote

MetroMail

Today MetroMail is at version 2.0 in the Windows Phone Store. MetroMail is a popular app on Windows Phone for getting some killer Gmail integration. We’re already familiar with the Gmail aspects of the app, but the Outlook support is new in this release. Here’s what you can do in MetroMail as an Outlook user:

  • Swipe actions for managing emails
  • Attach multiple files from your OneDrive account
  • Ability for editing replies (plain-text only)
  • Individual tile colors for each account
  • Individual notification sound for each account
  • Individual toast notification support with night mode for each account
  • Tile counts are synced across all your devices (i.e. reading emails will reset the tile count on all your devices)
  • Concatenate multiple accounts under one unread counter (for use with a single live tile or the lock screen)
  • No longer breaks threads for non-Outlook (e.g. Thunderbird, Gmail) users when replying to emails
  • Proper handling of embedded email images
  • Choose between small/medium/large/original when attaching photos
  • Support for HTML signatures

We’re not heavy Outlook users, but we’re excited to see the app add the support above. Any of you out there looking forward to taking the new Outlook features for a spin? Sound off below.

Download MetroMail from the Windows Phone Store. (Trial/$1.49)

Thanks for the tip Joey!

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Evernote gains improved note editor, while MetroMail gains Outlook support

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MetroMail dev here; a few additional details:

Pricing:
- Free for Outlook accounts**.
- Free for Gmail accounts for 30 days; $1.49 past that with in-app purchase.
- Trial period has been reset for all users (i.e. if you've used the
app before and the trial expired, you will be able to install it again
starting later today)

** Currently listed as a "trial" version; store listing will be
updated to "free" before the trial period expires.

 

What is not supported?
- Whereas Gmail account notifications are instant, Outlook
notifications can be delayed by up to 15 minutes.
- Unlike the native email client, downloading of emails in the
background when the app is inactive is not supported.
- Setting as the default email client is not supported by WP8 or WP8.1
- Displaying emails as threads for non-Gmail accounts (coming soon)

I know this is quite a big ask, but is there a chance of supporting generic IMAP servers? I roll my own email and this keeps me on the default client at the moment.

Why use MetroMail as an Outlook user?
- Swipe actions for managing emails
- Attach multiple files from your OneDrive account
- Ability for editing replies (plain-text only)
- Individual tile colors for each account
- Individual notification sound for each account
- Individual toast notification support with night mode for each account
- Tile counts are synced across all your devices (i.e. reading emails
will reset the tile count on all your devices)
- Concatenate multiple accounts under one unread counter (for use with
a single live tile or the lock screen)
- No longer break threads for non-Outlook (e.g. Thunderbird, Gmail)
users when replying to emails
- Proper handling of embedded email images
- Choose between small/medium/large/original when attaching photos
- Support for HTML signatures

Why use MetroMail as a Gmail user?
- All of the above plus:
  + Instant notifications via IMAP IDLE
  + First-class support for archiving, starred emails, and labels
  + Support for inbox tabs (e.g. Primary, Social, Promotions)
  + Server-side search functionality with support for advanced Gmail
search operators
  + Support for multiple From addresses within the same account

Hey dude, thanks for supporting WP users.

I have a question for you, have you looked the new SDK WP 8.1? Something about third-party can really implement a file manager (or file picker) for attach file.

Again, thanks for your support.

I haven't looked into it but from what I've seen online, I believe the answer is no. OneDrive support which is already part of MetroMail is one way to get around this limitation (while is of course not ideal). I also plan to implement a local attachment manager within the app, as another way to get around it. The idea is that email attachments will be stored there, as well as any user files uploaded via OneDrive. Of course this will only be visible within the app.

Thanks a bunch for your constant attention to the app and its users. Imo its the best Gmail experience in wp. Ever considered adding new languages (Portuguese for example)?

I want to translate the app, but the only feasible way to do so, is outsourcing that task to the users. Professional translations cost a lot of money, and revenue is nowhere close to supporting that. I will release more details about this soon. Given enough support then yes, a Portugese translation is coming.

This is supported. Windows Phone 8.1 uses WinRT APIs now, so you can use the same FileOpenPicker and FileSavePicker you use on Store apps.

Nice to see you posting here. I don't know that I care about the Outlook support but it's good to see you still adding new features to the app.

To everyone else, I would just like to say that apoelin is a very responsive dev. I have gotten quick replies when emailing with a bug or even a stupid moment. This is how devs should be.

I apreciate the constant updates but I feel this one had some steps backwards.

First, I would like to disable the swipe to delete, or change it to archive, because I rarely delete emails and now I find it dificult to change the tabs in the main view without triggering unintended deletions or the manage icons.

Second, I REALY miss the Reply to All as default, it was something I was glad to see implemented and now it's gone, why?

Thanks for the app, it's great and I bought it and use it since the release, but some options are always a good idea when changing things drasticaly. Microsoft is showing it now.

I agree with both of these statements. Changing pivot panes is extremely difficult now, especially on large-screen devices. Also for the corporate environment Reply to All is used much more than just Reply.

I'd like a security option to lock Metro Mail until a PIN or Password is entered. As a second step to prevent prying eyes.

 

Hi,

Is there any way to contact Apoelin publisher directly, I don't seem to find any contact information, I would like to get more details about the possibility of business cooperation with Apoelin company

 

The fact that you have the option for separate notification sounds for each account is basically a godsend.  It's one of the biggest things I've wanted for the built in mail client because I want notifications for my work account but not my personal account, so thank you for doing that!  When you say Outlook is it just outlook.com or can we add Office 365 accounts too?

To be honest, I don't know the answer to your question. I haven't tested it with an Office 365 account. Let me look into it. I'm guessing that currently only Outlook.com is supported, but that is primarily due to the currently implementing authentication flow. It shouldn't be too much extra work to support Ofice 365.

I downloaded the app last night and signed in with my Outlook.com account.  When I went to set it up it takes you to the screen asking for your Microsoft account details which is either Outlook.com or Hotmail.com so I don't think Office 365, or exchange in general, is supported.  I really like the app otherwise!  The swiping gestures to take care of email is awesome.  And if you added the exchange support, I would absolutley use this app for my email just to get the separate notifications!

Thanks for the great app, Apoelin.  Metromail is one of my favorite apps.  I prefer using this for my gmail account over the native email client.

Sam : I am interested to know if native mail client in 8.1 is changed? it would be awesome if has same functionality as that on Windows 8.1

@Sam_Sabri ...i gotta start putting my screen name for WPC in my tip emails haha. Your welcome for the tip!