The November Roadmap: Good Stuff Ahead!
11/02/2011 5 Comments
Happy November everyone! I’m just now getting over my sugar coma from Halloween and ready for a HUGE month ahead. TOAST.net is releasing so many awesome new products and updates that I’m not sure where to start. Upgrades to email, new ways to build websites, and a cool new way to access the Internet are just a few things we plan on introducing. Check it out:
3G Mifi Internet – Almost Here!
This announcement is causing the most excitement here at the TOAST.net offices. 3G MiFi service is just about ready to go, and testing has gone very well. For those not-in-the-know, 3G MiFi is a wireless Internet connection that gives you access nearly anywhere from a device the size of a credit card. You turn the device on, it makes a wireless connection with up to 5 laptops, tablets, smartphones, or or any other WiFi enabled device. The service itself will be relatively inexpensive, there’s no cables or wires to connect to your computer, and no software to install: just press a button and it works! Look for an official release announcement in the next week or so. Keep an eye on this page for updates.
New Mail Protection Serivce
A lot of businesses run run their own email systems, but things like server failures, loss off connectivity, or spam attacks can disrupt email services in an instant. TOAST.net’s new Mail Protection prevents message loss during an outage and prevents spam and viruses from reaching the server. What I like about this service is it adds a LOT of high end features for only a few cents per user. Things like spam filtering, daily quarantine reports, and even an emergency web portal that lets user check mail if things go down would cost big bucks to install locally and support. This product should help out a lot of overworked IT people out there.
Everyone wants a website, but a lot of people have a phobia about creating one. Reasons like “I don’t know what I’m doing,” “it’s probably too expensive,” or “I don’t have anyone to help me with it” are commonly given. Well, these reasons are now MOOT! We’re introducing Web Presence Builder, and there has never been an easier way to get your own website going. If you can create an email, you can make a webpage. The process involves logging into a web app, typing content and uploading photos using a simple interface, and clicking a button to post it to the Internet. At less than $10/month, I’m hoping Web Presence Builder will get small businesses and organizations the Internet face-time they deserve.
A lot of our business customers are using the SmarterMail email system, and we’ve made a couple of great changes. First, we’ve made the spam filtering feature better than ever! Messages will now be more accurately filtered, and you can teach the system which messages are spam and which are not by marking them “Spam” or “Not Spam”.
Second, we’ve added an advanced Collaboration option to SmarterMail. You can now share contacts, notes, calendars, company wide, and mobile syncing is now available. If you’re interested in adding these options to your SmarterMail system, just let us know! This clip will show you some of the details:
Google Apps and TOAST.net Email Updates
Google Apps and TOAST.net email accounts are due for changes, and they’re coming soon (if not already). Last July, a new mail preview theme was made available. After some feedback and tweaks, the new look is about ready to roll out. In the next few days when you log into your Google Apps account, you’ll see a prompt to switch to the new version. Here’s what to expect:
Email responses will now be grouped together like a chat window. Profile pictures from your Contacts list will mark each response, making it easy to follow an email conversation.
Feel your email is too spaced-out? (in a size way, not a “this person is crazy” way). You will now be able to make adjustments to your taste.
New Themes, better search, and improved navigation round out this update.
This is only a taste of the incredible things we have coming up. Let us know what you think and stay tuned!