Inbox, a start-up founded by Dropbox and MIT alumni, has announced a new platform for building next-generation email apps.

“Email is the database of your life. It’s the digital home for your conversations, memories, and identity,” said cofounder and CEO, Michael Grinich ’11, in a press release. “But for developers, working with email is incredibly difficult, and requires learning archaic protocols and formats. The Inbox API (application programming interface) solves that, and lets you focus on building your app.”

Since email debuted more than 30 years ago, a complicated web of email standards and formats has emerged. Inbox aims to create a new, more streamlined email standard that is compatible with all email accounts, and is providing its tools as an open source package. Currently, the Inbox sync engine works with Gmail, Yahoo, and Microsoft Exchange, and will soon expand to other providers.

What does all this mean for the end user? For starters, Inbox promises a more secure email experience, as well as faster and more accurate methods for finding stored messages. “Storing the world’s email data for secure and fast access is a monumental task,” explained cofounder Christine Spang ’10. “We’re solving this from the ground up.”

For developers eager to dig in, a tutorial and sample code is available at

Read more about Inbox at TechCrunch.

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