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zenbe review Compared to other technologies on the web, email hasn’t evolved much.  Unfortunately for us, email providers are generally satisfied with the status quo but Zenbe wants to change that. Zenbe is an email startup begun by folks who were dissatisfied with the lack of innovation. The Zenbe team is dedicated to taking email into the future with new features and fresh ideas.

So what makes Zenbe different? There are a lot of things, but here are the highlights.

First, Zenbe helps you centralize. Bring all your emails in one. It helps you cut down on your account clutter by bringing together in one window your email, task lists, files, and calendar. You can also use Zenbe to manage all your email addresses. It allows you to send from any email address and downloads outside email messages via POP.

zenbe mail

Second, Zenbe has awesome features. What other email client do you know of that allows you to use Twitter and check your Facebook updates while reading your latest email? That’s just the beginning, though. Zenbe has a full featured calendar that includes support for iCal subscriptions, and, unlike some competitors (*cough* Google *cough*), the developers included task lists.

all email in one

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The file view is awesome, too. It takes all your email attachments and makes them available in their own separate tab. You can search, tag, star, or sort them by file type. Audio and video files can be played right in your browser, and images can be previewed in a neat lightbox.

In addition, Zenbe has partnered with Scribd for document previewing, so you can view documents without downloading them to your computer. You no longer have to email files to yourself, either, since Zenbe lets you upload files without emailing them. With 4GB of storage, there is plenty of space to use Zenbe as a repository for your important documents and media.

all email accounts in one

I’ve mentioned only some of Zenbe’s features. There are many more, and everything – from the contact manager to the tagging system – is innovative.

The best part about Zenbe, though, is that it’s still evolving. While other email providers will go months without any updates, Zenbe is constantly adding new features. For example, the Zenbe team is currently testing a unique conversation view, as well as an innovative “favorites inbox” that shows you emails from the people you care about most.

Zenbe really does have some of the best features I’ve seen in an email client. It incorporates them in an elegant way, too, so you aren’t overwhelmed with clutter.

What about you? What features would you like to see in the inbox of the future? Let us know in the comments.

  1. Paul from AUS
    November 26, 2008 at 7:54 am

    I have received my zenbe account today. I love it. very slick and I can definitely see a few ways it can be improved but I think with the amount of effort that looks that have been put into the site already this will get a hell of a lot better.

    I think that with gmail/calendar integrations has a bit to go, but I think if you were dedicated into getting right into zenbe you would a lot of value from it. For me if the calendar had sms notifications like gcalander then it would be fully sold on me.

    I am going to give it a real good go as it really has a lot of features right on the one page and not spead everywhere like googles app.

    Well worth the 4 day wait.

  2. Vikingdread
    November 26, 2008 at 4:41 am

    Mmm...I'm not convinced...

    The Zenbe interface is really well designed and responsive, but the fact that there is no 2-way (read-write) integration with GMail and Google Calendar will prevent me from switching to Zenbe for now.

    I mean, if I delete an email in Zenbe I also want it to be gone from my GMail and if I plan an event in Zenbe, I want to see it in my Google Calendar...that's pretty basic.

    The GMail rich text editor is also slighly more advanced (smileys, highlight) and with the right new Google Labs features enabled GMail -like the Google Calendar gadget and the Google Docs gadget- becomes a very versatile productivity center.

    I'll check out how Zenbe develops over time to see where it goes, but until it actually allows me to control my GMail and Google Calendar for 100% I don't think its for me yet.

  3. Matthew
    November 20, 2008 at 10:37 am

    I was this close to writing a lengthy post about how I couldn't conceive switching to a webmail service that, barbarically, didn't copy Gmail's conversational email style. Then I noticed that Zenbe actually does, it's just not the default when you sign up (which strikes me as odd).

    And I love that it incorporates Twitter and Facebook, because those happen to be the two services (aside from Gmail/email) I use most.

    I am now, once again, this close to switching. It's just so hard to pull the trigger after so long...

    • Ed
      November 20, 2008 at 5:43 pm

      Zenbe is pretty sweet. I'm currently testing out it's features, love the twitter plugin. The best feature . . . ATTACHMENTS. Attachments are one click away, I'm able to see all attachments in 1 window.

  4. Kashim
    November 20, 2008 at 6:50 am

    I have applied for invite 3 days ago and no response so far. So it's more than a 'slight' delay. Hopefully I'll get it before Christmas.

  5. Fraser Smith
    November 19, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Looks great and works well but for one deal-breaking issue.

    When I receive a meeting invite on GMail from Exchange, I have the same tools as in Outlook to accept, decline, add to calendar etc. I couldn't see that on Zenbe. This is critical to integration of Calendar and email. Maybe I missed it but to me that is a must have.

    Also, I guess Google still has the edge on storage.

    Fraser

  6. Tom Alison
    November 19, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Thanks for the great write-up Sam and the comments from everyone.

    We try to send out your sign-up activation within 24 hours. The reason there is a slight delay sometimes it that we do screen signups to try to reduce the amount of spammers signing up for the system.

    As for speed, I can assure you that performance of the web site, particularly how fast we show you your email, is our top priorities. We have two engineers dedicated to that exclusively, and we hope by next week to start introducing some performance improvements out on the site.

    If you're using Zenbe, I encourage you to get active in our forums. We're a small team made up mostly of engineers so it's challenging for us to always get back to your emails in a timely manner, but we do watch what you guys are saying on our user forums and are typically pretty responsive: http://forums.zenbe.com

    Cheers,
    Tom Alison
    Zenbe Cofounder

    • Kris @ Fresh Focus
      December 2, 2008 at 12:31 pm

      Hi Tom......

      About two weeks ago I sent in questions to Zenbe, either through a comment form or via email. I never got a response from anyone.

      My Inbox refuses to load (just sits and spins), so I cannot use the service. I'm using Gmail with Zenbe.

      Why would no one have responded to my query?

    • Kris @ Fresh Focus
      December 16, 2008 at 10:14 am

      Hi Tom......

      I've still never heard from anyone about this, and when I try to post to the forum with Firefox 3.0, all I get is a blank page when I click on the "submit" button. Why is there no one responding to anything?

  7. The Windows Fix
    November 18, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Looks like a very cool interface. May be worth looking at. I still think GMail needs to 'fancy' up there's a bit more.

  8. OZ
    November 18, 2008 at 12:32 am

    Zenbe looks awesome! I'd love to give it a spin, but it looks like it's still in invite-based beta. If anyone has an invite available, I'd very much appreciate it being sent over. [my.name] (at) howodd.net ... where [my.name] is OZ

    Many thanks! :)

    • Sam Guzmán
      November 18, 2008 at 12:54 pm

      Hey OZ,
      Actually, you should be able to sign up now. If you signed up for an invite, they appear to have sent them all out today.
      Sam

  9. venkat
    November 17, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Talking of innovation by email providers I don't think Gmail lacks any innovation they are always trying different things,though Zenbe seems to nice Email service thanks Sam Guzman

    • Laurence John
      November 19, 2008 at 9:20 am

      Well... they introduced Gmail as an innovative, new service 4 years ago... since then its just been incremental improvements - like all software really.

      • Aibek
        November 23, 2008 at 8:52 pm

        I agree with Laurence, there hasn't been any major feature releases for a long time now.

  10. Charnita Fance
    November 17, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    I love Zenbe, have been using it for 4-5 months now. I just find that sometimes it's kind of slow so I have to switch back & forth between it & Gmail.

    • Sam Guzmán
      November 18, 2008 at 12:55 pm

      I agree, it can be slow sometimes. The features make up for it in my mind, though. Hopefully the team will work on speed improvements soon. I know they are working on a lot of things at once.

  11. Miguel Wickert
    November 17, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Hey Sam, not bad bro. I might give it a spin. Looks neat, maybe I'll experiment with it and then preview it on my site. Thanks!

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