See Molecula live demo on Youtube: https://youtu.be/1YLXYHkQB90
Using Molecula in Outlook 365 (Web) to add recipients to a new emails thread
Group details where we can rearrange recipients for TO, CC and BCC fields and add them to the email
Recipients added to the email and we are back to bubbles view where we can add more recipients from other groups if we need to
How Molecula looks like in Outlook for Desktop
How Molecula looks like in OWA for iOS
This is how Molecula Web App looks like. You can access it here: https://molecula.email/dashboard
Group details in Molecula Web app. Here you have an option to rearrange recipients and click "Send"
Molecula uses your default emails client to compose a new email with all the recipients you selected.
We often use email messages to communicate with different groups of people. We start new email threads every day and sometimes, it is difficult to remember all the recipients that we should include in the TO, CC or BCC fields. We spend a lot of time digging into our inbox and finding all the right people from certain groups and adding them to the email. We can easily miss someone if we do this process manually...
Our team members experience above problem almost every day, which inspired us to create the Molecula - Office 365 Add-In for Outlook. Molecula makes it easier to interact with the people and groups most important to you!
What it does
Molecula indexes all emails in your Inbox and groups all the people you communicated with using special criteria. Groups then are visualized in a form of cool bubbles, where bigger ones represent groups of people you communicated with more frequently. Want to start a new thread? Simply click a bubble, rearrange the recipients for TO, CC and BCC fields and you are done!
How we built it
Please, review below diagram to get a better idea about how the Molecula works and which technologies it uses:
Challenges we ran into
It was tricky to setup the infrastructure and environment required for Web App using Azure AD and for Graph API. It was also difficult to debug Office add-ins on devices like iPhone and iPad. In addition, there were some challenges regarding the data visualization too. We have spent a lot of time trying to organize the bubbles in the way we wanted.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
All the members of our team have experience in different technologies. We are proud of the fact that we managed to efficiently stick all our knowledge together and build the product we have today in a very short period of time. We believe Molecula is useful not only for us, but for many other users of Office 365 and Outlook.
What's next for Molecula?
In the next iteration, we plan to enhance grouping algorithms and give users better ways to visualize their Inbox. We are working on a new List View screen which will allow users to see all the communication groups with the ability to set filters and order for the list.
Who knows, maybe taking part in Hack Productivity competition we have started a new big project which will quickly grow and evolve! At least we will do our best to make it happen!