Super Mega Hyper, a Belgian startup, is trying to save email from the encroachment of instant messaging. On Wednesday, it launched Kukoo temporary inbox — basically a holding pen where email that users designate as non-urgent waits before being delivered on a schedule that users also determine. The idea is that the user can then continue to watch his or her email account vigilantly throughout the day without being distracted by non-essential matters, such as newsletters.
Many workplaces are moving basic work communications onto instant messaging clients, making email redundant. Kukoo lets users keep the priority delivery system IM offers without leaving email. The service offers free and premium plans.
Users can also set the inbox to send an auto-reply messaging informing the sender when his or her message will be read. Wouldn’t you love to try that one out on your mom or your boss?