People suffer from incoming data (mail and updates) overload
People feel the need to look at everything that's entering the inbox
The Human mind is quickly distracted, which cost loads of productivity
Email is no Fun, work should be fun!
What it does
Tweetdeck like feeds on Office 365 (mail) data
Excel pivot tables (slicing and dicing) on your email/social updates.
Ability to quickly switch focus (showing a collection of views on incoming data)
A FocusDeck can be about Priorities, Customers, Projects and other perspectives
A FocusDeck can have feeds that filter on mail domain, keyword, contact(s), mail properties, etc.
How I built it
I had the idea for many years, but technology was lacking a secure (multi tenant) way to access company mail data
Started with prototype against the O365 Universal API
Made updates when Graph API went GA
Challenges I ran into
The biggest problem is people have issue with trusting apps that access (read/edit/delete) their (corporate) email. When sending out invites people didn't want to trust the app. Now working on a video explaining the inner workings of the app (how we only query the API from the web client, during usage). Having the ability to get a (continues) App compliancy check from Microsoft would be very useful for start-ups to ship apps companies can trust.
The current App Model has no ability to allow 'granular, step by step' App rights (we now need a long list of permissions from the start).
Missing ability to query specific Outlook properties (like ability to query for Flagged items)
The limitations on Searching AND filtering mail data (for some use cases we have to filter datasets in the web client)
Performance (the ability to query o365 mail data and parse it in the browser
Multi (mobile) browser support
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
People who see it, love it.
What I learned
Usage of Authentication (step by step maturity of ADAL.js)
Power and weakness of current (Microsoft Graph) API