Email can be overwhelming, especially at work; it can take a while to get back to an important conversation or project. IBM clearly knows how bad that deluge can be, though, since its new Verse email client is built to eliminate as much clutter as possible. The app learns your habits and puts the highest-priority people and tasks at the top level. You’ll know if a key team member emailed you during lunch, or that you have a meeting in 10 minutes. Verse also puts a much heavier emphasis on collaboration and search. It’s easier to find a particular file, message or topic, and there will even be a future option to get answers from a Watson thinking supercomputer — you may get insights without having to speak to a colleague across the hall.
It’s quite clever at first glance, although you may have to wait a while to give it a spin; a Verse beta on the desktop will be available this month, but only to a handful of IBM’s customers and partners. You’ll have to wait until the first quarter of 2015 to get a version built for individual use. It’ll be “freemium” (free with paid add-ons) when it does reach the public, however, and there are promises of apps for Android and iOS to make sure you’re productive while on the road.
November 18th 2014