Microsoft Send for iOS intends to merge email and chatting, sort of
Surely email isn’t dead, but that doesn’t mean that services like Slack aren’t trying to kill it. Instant messaging continues to be a more practical way to communicate, but it tends to be impractical in the long run if you want to find old conversations. Microsoft has just launched a new service that intends to fix just that.
Microsoft Send is a new app for iOS that’s part of the Microsoft Garage list of experimental services. The idea of Send is to allow you to communicate quicker in a sort of instant messaging UI, but then these conversations are stored on Microsoft Outlook. This service was previously leaked as Microsoft Flow, and Redmond confirms that it intends to expand the service to Windows Phones and Android over time.
The service sounds cool and all, but there does seem to be a catch that goes beyond this being an iOS exclusive. At the moment only users with a work or school Office 365 account will be able to use it. Let’s see when it expands for the rest of us mortals.