YesImOnline is a minimal messaging / mail client designed to fill the sweet spot in between email and instant messaging, drawing on the strengths of each for improved and rapid communication between a small set of colleages that need to communicate frequently yet avoid the inefficiencies and breaks in workflow that either Instant Messaging or email would generally introduce.
In fact, YesImOnline started of life as a cross platform replacement to fill the inhouse messaging
needs that had always been filled by the aging Windows only dBabble product.
This page describes some of the things you should know about the YesImOnline clients:
We would be keen to hear what you find useful and what you find less useful when comparing and contrasting the clients.
All actual messages go through your normal imap / smtp email server. This means it can be used "at the same time as" any other email client of your choice. And if there is ever a problem with the online status server, message handlgin will gracefully degrade to plain old normal email.
In addition there is the NetWin Online Status server. This monitors the online status for all YesImOnline users and activity in terms of responding to messages. This gets linked to your account email account using a pairing token. This means that your email server login credentials are never sent to the online status server.
That is all there is for the Desktop clients, but for the iOS clients there is one more important piece of to the puzzle:
The NetWin PushImap server. This is solely used to generate the push notifications based on your favourites and other rules defined on the iPhone / iPad. This works by passing your imap credentials to the PushImap server which monitors your account for new messages and sends push notificatiosn via Apple to your phone when it needs to. If this is not acceptable for you for security reasons, then you should keep the push notification feature disabled.
YesImOnline does remain a "work in progress", with some additional features yet to be implemented or still in the planning stages.
Anyway, it must be about time for more serious feedback from the surgemail user community. Please let us know the things you do like, the things you don't like, and suggestions for how YesImOnlineS can be improved and of course any outright bugs you find.
The NetWin team :-)