Push email now available in iOS Mail

While our own app has had push notifications for some time, with the built-in Mail app you would have to wait until it next decided to check the server for your new messages. But no more! From today, new mail will be pushed straight to your inbox. Never again will you only learn of that important new cat GIF from your Dad fifteen minutes after everyone else.

Amazed cat

We’ve enabled Push IMAP for all accounts and it will activate automatically; you don’t need to do anything. If you haven’t set up your mail on your iPhone yet, follow these step-by-step instructions to get started.

Many thanks to our friends on the Apple mail teams for helping make this possible.

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IMAP Notes beta service is here

We are pleased to announce that our IMAP Notes service is being released into public beta test today.

IMAP Notes joins our recently released CalDAV offering, which along with traditional IMAP and our mobile apps help to bring FastMail to your mobile device.

Notes has been a FastMail feature for a while now, and we have also supported adding Notes via Apple iOS and Mac OS devices backed by standard IMAP. We are happy to bring these two services together with the beta release of IMAP Notes.

Notes saved in the FastMail web interface will be available via Apple devices and vice-versa. Android users will require a suitable third-party app.

Of course, being a beta there are a few things you should know before clicking the opt-in button.

Rich media notes created in Apple clients are not fully supported; any note with an attached image will not be editable.
Folders are not supported, only notes in the root Notes folder will be displayed.
The backend is yet to be fully tested under heavy load or with unusual data formats

During the beta period we’re monitoring the system closely and will be fixing things quickly as they come up. You can also help by emailing us with any comments, questions or problems.

So now all the disclaimers are out of the way, you can sign up for the IMAP Notes beta here:
https://www.fastmail.com/go/imapnotesbeta

Instructions for connecting your client are here:
https://www.fastmail.com/help/clients/applist.html

Details of the notes service are here:
https://www.fastmail.com/help/notes/usage.html

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FastMail on the road

Next week three members of the FastMail team – Bron, Neil and myself (Rob N) – will be heading to the US to spread the good word about FastMail.

The primary reason for the trip is to attend OSCON in Portland. OSCON is one of the biggest open source conferences in the world and attracts over 4,000 of the word’s leading IT professionals including developers, programmers and designers.

We’ll be speaking at OSCON with some other mail technologists (including Netmail, OpenIO and Project Cyrus) for Open Messaging Day on Tuesday 21 July. We’ll be talking about JMAP, our new mail protocol that could one day power the next killer email client and also look at why Cyrus is shaping up to be a powerhouse of open messaging. If you’re interested in learning about and helping to shape the future of email we’d love to see you there.

Before OSCON begins we’ll be spending a week in the San Francisco Bay Area, meeting with some of the local tech companies and software community. We’ve already set up a few meetings but we’re keen to talk to as many people as we can about what we’re doing and find out about what others need and want from their email. We’ll be around from Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 July, so let us know if you want to have a chat with us while we’re in town.

Of course, we love to eat and drink as well, so you’ll find us at Bar Basic in San Francisco from 6pm on Wednesday 15 July. If you’re in the area, come down and have a drink and a chat with us. We’d love to meet everyone, including our users, so don’t be shy! We’ll buy the first round!

If you want to get in touch with us while we’re travelling, email ontheroad@fastmail.com or tweet to @FMOnTheRoad on Twitter. I’ll be posting photos and other bits and pieces there while we’re travelling around, so feel free to follow along (especially if you’re planning to come down and have a drink with us; then I can tell you exactly where we are).

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FastMail app for Android now available from Yandex.Store.

Since we first released the FastMail app for Android, its only been available to most users via the Google Play Store, and has required the regular Android push channel for notifications. That works for most people, but some customers have requested a version of the app they can use without needing a Google account. This is common for after-market versions of Android, such as Cyanogen.

Today we’re happy to announce that the Android app is now available through Yandex.Store, an alternative app store provided by Russian search company Yandex. Yandex are one of the largest internet companies in Russia, and have a strong commitment to privacy. The store application can be downloaded to any Android device and from there, the FastMail app can be downloaded without even signing in.

To make push notifications work, we’ve implemented support for the Pushy push channel. Pushy is identical in function to the standard Android push channel but does not require a separate account to use it.

With all this in place, you can now install and use the FastMail app without requiring a separate account with Google.

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Handle your email faster with our updated Android app

We’ve just released an update to our Android update that has some great new features to help you fly through your email.

First up, we’ve replaced the old “inbox” notification for multiple new messages with a new notification “stack”. Previously if you had multiple new messages, the notification would show a list of senders and subjects, but you couldn’t take any useful action except open the full app. Now the app will show a notification for the latest message, complete with avatar, subject and body preview and you can use the full set of actions on it. Once an action is taken, a new notification appears for the next unread message and so on for the entire stack. In this way you can quickly triage your new mail without leaving your notification tray. Of course, you can still tap on any notification to open it in the app or swipe to remove the entire stack.

Being able to quickly delete, archive or pin a message is great, but sometimes an email will arrive that you can actually deal with with a simple short reply. Notifications now have a “reply” action that will let you write a quick one-line reply without opening the full app. Even better, if you have an Android Wear smartwatch (or a compatible device, such as a Pebble), you can reply directly using the speech recognition feature.

This release also includes a few critical performance improvements, including a fix for the long-standing restart delay.

The updated Android app is now rolling out via Google Play and the Amazon Appstore and should be available on your device within the next day or two.

We’ve had a great time building and testing this update and would love to hear what you think! Please let us know via support or Twitter.

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New secondary MX and nameserver IPs

We’re in the process of moving some services to our new datacentre in Amsterdam. I’ve just pointed our secondary MX and nameserver there, which means that the IP addresses of ns2.messagingengine.com and in2-smtp.messagingengine.com have changed.

The new addresses will propagate over the next 24 hours, after which time the old servers in Iceland will be shut down.

Unless you’ve hard-coded the old addresses somewhere, you shouldn’t see any difference.

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FastMail supports Roundcube Next development

FastMail have always been a strong supporter of open source and open standards. We retain customers by providing an excellent, reliable service which is great value for money — not by locking them into our platform.

At The Kolab Summit we had an opportunity to meet like-minded developers from the Roundcube project, the most popular open source webmail client in the world.

FastMail is already investing heavily in open source email with our server-side work on Cyrus IMAPd, currently employing three developers, a writer, and a tester for the project.

We have also been preparing the fully open JMAP protocol to replace our current custom web API, with another two developers working on JMAP client and server code.

To safeguard a future where protocols are open, and interoperability doesn’t mean speaking both the protocol of Vendor A and of Vendor B, the world needs freely available, modern email software. We believe the Roundcube team are the right people to build one of those clients. We are helping them by offering code for the data model from our own incredibly fast (video) web interface, assistance with JMAP compatibility, and a contribution of US $10,000 towards the Roundcube Next Indiegogo campaign.

If you care about open email/contacts/calendaring software and protocols, we encourage you to support their campaign as well.

We are also assisting the Thunderbird project and their Summer of Code student Suyash to add JMAP support to Thunderbird, the world’s most popular open source desktop client.

You can follow JMAP progress by reading the discussion group and join in with testing, documentation, or development.

The future of open source email, calendar and contacts has never looked brighter! Here’s to great collaboration this year.

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