Microsoft has a long and complicated history with the email world. From founding the first free webmail service to building several variations of desktop mail programs, the tech giant’s influence on both business and consumer email messaging is vast. Over the years, Microsoft has expanded the “Outlook” brand to encompass nearly every email project it touches, leaving email industry pros puzzling over seemingly dozens of products using similar naming conventions—not to mention their associated rendering and support quirks.
Designing emails is hard. In part one of a three-part series, we explored how webmail clients render emails, what you should focus on to make designing and coding for these web-based clients a bit easier, and why preprocessors are (usually!) the enemy. In part two, we’ll focus on desktop clients.
“25 DAYS OF INSPIRATIONAL EMAILS” — DAY 22: 37SIGNALS Transactional emails are a frequently missed opportunity for companies, non-profits, and the like. In a past post, I described how they have a higher revenue per email, transaction rates, opens and click rates than bulk mail averages, yet they are paid little to no attention. In […]
November’s email client popularity stats are live over on emailclientmarketshare.com. We also put together this quick (under two minutes!) video that takes a closer look at some of the stats. To summarize: iPhone has been in the #1 spot for several months; it’s grown more than 40% since January. iOS represents a full third of […]
After lots of rumors and anticipative nail-biting from email designers everywhere, Microsoft recently unveiled a “customer preview” of Office 2013, including a new version of Outlook. In addition to the new Office suite (with Home and Business versions), it also released a preview version of Office 365, a subscription service emphasizing cloud-based services with “secure, anywhere access […]
A couple months ago a friend tipped me off to Fab.com, one of the latest sites to launch in the DOD (deal of the day) frenzy. Their deals are a bit unique and right up my alley, offering up “daily design inspirations and sales 70% off retail.” Think the kinds of cool stuff and geeky […]