We’ve been getting increasingly excited about our future for ClearContext Inbox Manager. We posted earlier some of the ideas that we’ve been working on and, based largely on user feedback, we have updated plans for our next major release (v2.0) and beyond. As we have said before, we want to keep our product plans closely aligned with user needs, so we are posting them here for your review and feedback to ensure that we build the best product possible.
We’ve broken this information into a few sections – v2.0, Incremental Features, Future Functionality, & Additional Products:
The next major release of ClearContext will transform the application from an inbox manager to a fully featured email productivity tool. The major new functionality in this release will accommodate many user requests, including some key features that we believe will further our goal of becoming the silver bullet of Outlook productivity and management.
New Functionality – Email Workflow Processing
Convert to task – create task items from email messages
Convert to a calendar entry
Defer or “Snooze” a message – messages moved out of inbox for specified period
Unified view of related items (email thread, tasks, calendar entries)
Response Management – auto-notification based on reply status
New View – “Received By” with color-coding and threading
Installed Views – additional downloadable views packaged with installation
AutoAssign functionality integrated with Outlook Rules
Import/Export of ClearContext Settings
Performance Enhancements/Bug Fixes
Domain Resolution for Exchange Users
Advanced error handling
Topic DDLB UI Enhancement
These are additional features under development that we plan to release soon after version 2.0 goes out the door.
Multiple machine support – “Master/Slave” mode
ClearContext functionality in other folders
Topic/Priority sharing in groups
Advanced AutoAssign Rule Management UI
Advanced Reply Management
– Change in priority after reply
– Thread expiration / “unsubscribe” on reply
Topic DDLB Enhancements – Better UI for management of large folder hierarchies
These are mainly large new areas of functionality that we will be tackling in future major releases of the software and primarily focus on increased automation of message processing. We have not definitively prioritized these features and encourage discussion/feedback on which of these areas you feel are most important to address.
Message Content Analysis for Message Function
– AutoAssign Topic, Priority
– Suggest What to Do With Message (Convert to Contact, Create Task)
– Adaptive Learning / A.I.
Automated Attachment Processing (documents, photos, etc.)
These are a few more product ideas we have in our longer-term plans. This list has not changed since our last update. Which of these we focus on will be largely based on user demand.
Corporate/ Exchange Server Integration – Port core Inbox Manager functionality (prioritization, scoring, topics, etc.) to Exchange Server for application on both individual email accounts and on emails/threads across the organization.
Mobile Extension – Port core Inbox Manager functionality to mobile devices to allow functionality such as downloading of only high-priority messages.
Vertical Customization – Job-specific customizations for fields such as Sales, Financial Services, Project Management, etc.
Again, user feedback can and does help us refine our product plans, so if you think we should re-align our priorities, we absolutely want to hear it. You can post feedback here on the weblog or in our forums, or send us a note at support ( at ) clearcontext. com. We will update the plan and provide more concrete timeframes as we integrate your feedback and continue product development.