Engineering Manager | Trail Runner | Stockholm, Sweden

So long, Sparrow

Today Sparrow announced that it was acquired by Google. An excerpt from the notification email they sent:

We will continue to make available our existing products, and we will provide support and critical updates to our users. However, as we’ll be busy with new projects at Google, we do not plan to release new features for the Sparrow apps.

I came to like Sparrow, as an email client designed specifically for Gmail. Since Ustream uses Google Apps, I happily utilized Sparrow for my work mail while I kept my private iCloud account in OS X Mail. This separation seemed to work well, even on the iPhone, where the lack of push notifications for Sparrow ended up to be a feature for me: I didn’t get a ton of notifications during the day when I was sitting in front of the computer anyway.

Reading this piece of news however prompted me to remove Sparrow and transfer my work account to Mail as well. I don’t plan to invest in dead software. Anyway, on the upside, one email client eats up less resources and I have to learn only one set of keyboard shortcuts. Keeping it simple, stupid.