Amie brings your e-mail inbox to its calendar app

There’s a purpose why some persons are die-hard Microsoft Outlook followers. It brings collectively your emails, your calendar occasions and your contacts in a single app. However… it’s Outlook. And a few individuals can’t stand its convoluted interface.

Amie, some of the revolutionary apps within the new wave of calendar apps, is including emails to its app in order that customers don’t have to modify backwards and forwards between their calendar and their e-mail consumer to schedule a gathering or see if they’ve time to perform a particular job.

This new function is a part of the 1.0 launch of the app after a few years in non-public beta. Folks can now enroll and obtain the app with none invite code. Dennis Müller, the founder and CEO of Amie, instructed me that the corporate determined to drop its waitlist due to Notion’s launch of Notion Calendar final week.

“I anticipated their launch to be damaging for us. It ended up being very optimistic,” Dennis Müller instructed me in an e-mail. Notion acquired Cron, one other calendar startup to function the premise for its second app.

“I’ve bought mad respect for Cron. They’ve constructed the perfect calendar out of all the brand new ones. Very centered on nailing fundamentals,” Müller stated. However Notion Calendar hasn’t modified a lot because the acquisition of Cron.

It has just a few new integrations with Notion’s important app and repair, resembling the power to create a Notion doc and fasten it to an occasion — this may very well be helpful for assembly notes, as an illustration. Notion Calendar customers also can view a Notion database (with dates and deadlines) as a calendar.

Bringing innovation to the calendar app

The launch of Notion Calendar has confirmed as soon as once more that there are different calendar apps on the market along with Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook. And similar to with job administration apps, persons are in search of various things. There’s room for greater than only one job administration app, and greater than only one calendar app.

And this brings us again to Amie. Every thing that I wrote concerning the app almost two years in the past remains to be true. It’s an extremely well-designed product filled with little particulars, good takes on the interplay mannequin and good animations.

As a reminder, Amie is a calendar app that works together with your Google account. After signing up, the corporate imports and shows your Google Calendar occasions in a conventional calendar view.

However Amie can be an opinionated tackle the calendar. Many individuals create occasions that aren’t actually occasions. They act as reminders of issues they must do all through the week.

That’s why Amie additionally allows you to handle your todo listing. Within the left column, you’ll be able to create duties with out pondering an excessive amount of about it. It’s like including a brand new bullet level to an ongoing listing — no want to consider the due date simply but.

After that, if you wish to outline a date and time for this job, you’ll be able to simply drag it from the left-hand aspect and drop it into your week view. It’ll seem as an occasion, proper subsequent to your different calendar occasions.

If you happen to’re already utilizing a full-fledge job administration app, Amie has constructed integrations with different third-party providers, resembling Notion, Linear, Issues, Todoist and Ticktick so to both import your duties from these different providers or hold them in sync.

Amie works nicely in solo, however it actually shines if you need to use it as a staff together with your coworkers. Every person has its personal profile card and Amie allows you to rapidly test when one among your coworkers is accessible by hovering over their profile image within the sidebar. Amie additionally helps a number of accounts, which will be helpful to view your private and your work calendar in the identical app.

Customers also can generate Calendly-like hyperlinks to share their availabilities with different customers. The app generates a hyperlink that may be pasted into an e-mail dialog. And now, as Amie additionally brings your e-mail inbox to your calendar, you’ll be able to ship the e-mail instantly within the app.

Amie’s e-mail integration remains to be a bit fundamental, however it will get the job finished in relation to drafting a brand new e-mail or checking your newest conversations. “We constructed it impressed by CarPlay from Apple. There you get every thing you care about on one show, we need to obtain the identical for productiveness,” Müller stated.

The e-mail inbox additionally lives within the left column. It seems as one other todo listing that refreshes in actual time as new emails arrive. You may click on on an e-mail to learn it and reply instantly in Amie.

On cell, you’ll be able to view your e-mail and your calendar utilizing an especially satisfying split-screen function. You may drag and drop the divider in the midst of the display screen to see extra of your inbox or extra of your calendar.

Extra importantly, as many individuals take into account emails as duties, you’ll be able to drag your e-mail onto the calendar to schedule a date and time to answer to that e-mail or act on the content material of the e-mail.

Apparently, Amie can be profiting from the truth that you’re already in your calendar app. Once you draft a brand new e-mail and also you say “let’s meet tomorrow at 4pm”, it reveals a preview card of your calendar tomorrow at 4 PM to see if there’s any battle. Equally, you’ll be able to spotlight textual content in an e-mail and switch it into an Amie job.

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These are the primary options of emails in Amie. I can’t wait to see the good options that may very well be added now that Amie can see each your calendar and your inbox.

With this launch, Amie can be including a premium plan. Every thing I described on this article will stay free besides the brand new e-mail function. That might be restricted to Amie Professional subscribers who pay $15/€12 monthly.

The opposite huge new function that might be accessible to premium customers quickly is the power to make use of AI to robotically make time for your todos.

Along with Notion Calendar, there are a lot of corporations making an attempt to reinvent the calendar. There’s Rise, Routine, Daybridge, Movement, Akiflow and in addition Fantastical if you happen to use Apple units.

Proper now, there are 14 individuals engaged on Amie and the corporate has raised $8 million in complete. So let’s see if it will probably stand out from the competitors in 2024 and develop into “a one-in-a-million-product,” as Amie founder Dennis Müller instructed me.

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