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Friday, June 29, 2012

Reading email in more than place

Andy Glew

1:55 PM  -  Public
I read email in more than one place, on more than one device, in more than one situation (phone (actually, PDA, but that's a story in itself), tablet, tablet PC by itself, tablet PC docked with 4 big monitors).

I need more dispositions than Archive or Delete.

I need "I can't read this now/here/on this device".

I suppose that it might be useful to be able to say where I could read it - e.g. "defer reading until I'm docked at my desk with 4 external monitors".

But "I can't read read it {in this situation}" is a simple button. It could probably fit on my phone's screen.  Whereas "Defer to another situation" is a multi-valued control, and harder to fit.

Note that "I can't read it in this situation" is NOT the same as "Later".  It may be a superset.  But being re-presented an email to read, later, on the same device that it was too painful to read on in the first place doesn't help.


Possibility of learning: record where deferred, and where finally read. Infer. Next time the user presses the "I can't read this {in this situation}" button, you might prompt "Read it at home?"


As usual, if already available, I'd like to hear about it.

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