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Roadmap for Next Release
Question asked by kevind - 7/27/2020 at 12:34 PM
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Starting a new thread since this one is marked as answered: https://portal.smartertools.com/community/a93327/v17_1.aspx 

Every year at its Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple lays out its roadmap for the next releases of its operating systems. They never promise ship dates, so not much to lose.

Wondering if SmarterTools could do the same now that MAPI is done. Would help us plan for the future and give us something to look forward to. Could also help keep our customers happy and not give them any reason to look at other mail systems.

Thanks,
Kevin

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echoDreamz Replied
I thought SM was going away from version numbers and just having "SmarterMail" as a rolling release of features etc. No more 1 major new build a year type stuff.
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Christopher Hiatt Replied
I wish they would go back to using generic version numbers. Makes it easy to keep mental snapshots of what's going on. I'm not sure I want to keep up with licenses this way either 

If I have a license for V17, that is easy to track.

But if I have a license that covers version 7245 through 7501 or whatever, this seems like a pain in the rear to track.
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echoDreamz Replied
I personally prefer this. Just have your product... SmarterMail. Continuously work on it and roll out features etc. No need to wait for a new big fancy number for new features, just roll it out. As long as you have a valid license with maintenance, you just keep on installing new builds. If your maintenance ends, no new builds can be installed. We also keep our maintenance agreement paid each year, so the version tracking isnt a big deal for us. Their installer should be updated though to do checks to make sure your license is valid for the build you are trying to install and warn you if it's not.
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kevind Replied
I really don't care what it's called, you can debate that here:

But it would be nice to have some features on the agenda so we know what's in the design studio and under development for the next release of SmarterMail.

This is important so we can justify renewals of the maintenance agreement. Plus we can talk with customers about the future and keep them engaged so they don't start looking at alternatives.

Thanks.
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kevind Replied
We have customers asking what new features are in the works. Some customers are still on v15 and want more reasons to upgrade (no need for MAPI as they don't use Outlook).

So I'm bumping this thread to see what the developers are working on. I can provide some ideas if you need them. :)  Thanks.
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kevind Replied
Saw the blog post that Microsoft might be eliminating IMAP or MAPI from Outlook.  So thought it would be good to discuss a plan going forward.

Maybe put more features into webmail so that you don't need Outlook? Example:
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Speednet Replied
> I asked for mailto link support for the Webmail as this is part of the HTML standard 

If the SmarterMail webmail interface were coded as a PWA (Progressive Web App), then people could "Install" webmail as an app on their computer or phone, and perhaps that would enable mailtto links.  It depends if PWA apps can be designated as a default app.
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Speednet Replied
But that would only affect mailto links in a web browser.  It would not handle various apps on a computer or phone to use a web app as the default e-mail handler.  That's why I mentioned the PWA thing.  Besides, SmarterMail really SHOULD be setup as a PWA app.  It would provide notification support, installation, offline capabilities, etc.
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Speednet Replied
So you're saying that by injecting that JavaScript code and having someone click the link, I can take over the default actions for e-mail on someone's computer and have them come to the SmarterMail web interface from anywhere in their OS, even on a phone?  Seems unlikely.
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Speednet Replied
Or, the SmarterMail web interface can be enhanced by making it an installable PWA.  Sounds more sensible to me -- and more forward-thinking.  This is a "roadmap" thread after all.  Let's talk sensible roadmap stuff.
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kevind Replied
Happy New Year!  Just following up on this post to see what's on the agenda for 2021. Here are a few of our customers' requests for enhancements:

As you can see, all of these have separate threads for voting and tracking. Many are already under consideration. Would just like to know if they are on the list to get done so we can keep our customers from looking at alternatives. Thanks!

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