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Let's rethink email

Evan Schuman | April 7, 2015
I've been using email longer than most people (more than a quarter of a century), so I think I have the credibility to say it's overdue for an overhaul.

There are easy fixes to these problems, Mizrachi said, and his team is exploring scenarios where one button would give a user the option to save that image file on the user's computer (smartphones, too) where it would be out of reach and, therefore, a permanent record of the discussion. A second button would allow the recipient to download a text version of the message. Although this would obliterate the security (a pop-up window or dialogue box would remind the recipient of that fact), it would make the contents fully usable, for commenting, spreadsheets, documents or anything else.

This is all happening at a point when companies (such as Microsoft) are scrambling to stay ahead of government subpoenas for email copies, while others (hello, Amazon) want to make sure that they preserve the right to peek and leverage your emails. So, yeah, it might be time indeed to rethink how corporate email is handled, and here's one company that's doing just that. I'll be interested to see if other new ideas follow.


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