The idea of a conversational interface managing your email overload, notifying you on pending inquiries and even interacting with all your enterprise software has turned into a reality with Astro, a native email application that promises to be an impressive office assistant.
Currently in public beta, Astro has big plans to differentiate itself from the crowd of email clients that die no sooner than their arrival, notes Tech Crunch. Astro’s ability to leverage artificial intelligence, social graphs and integrations with common C.R.M., ticketing and group messaging tools projects it as a power-packed Gmail replacement.
The startup, run by former employees of Google, LinkedIn, Asana and Zimbra, seeks to replace the button interface of other email systems with a chatbot that can use machine learning to shield users from messy folders, writes The Verge. In plain words, this chatbot will read your email habits, anticipate your needs, snooze emails from the family, remind you to email your boss, delete old emails and much more autonomously.