I admit, I am a fan of Nylas, I think it’s one of the nicest looking email apps out there (if not the nicest looking one) and I admire the intent to simplify handling emails by abstracting all the differences between the various email protocols, so I am keeping an eye on the project’s development.

Most importantly, I love the option to self-host their sync engine as I like having things under my control. Email servers are something I have never wanted to deal with myself however, due to the very high complexity of managing such a thing, but with the sync engine it’s different. Emails are still handled by your email provider, but your sync engine is hosted by you locally, which in my mind gives me the best of both worlds.

For those of you who do not want to even deal with the sync engine, there are good news: the guys at Nylas have just introduced a new free option. This option is called Nylas Basic and will remain free forever, according to a company’s blog post. Now, if you want to use Nylas but don’t want to host anything yourself nor pay for one of their premium options, you have no more excuses to give it a try.

Nylas N1, the email client, has also been renamed to Nylas Mail, and they have introduced some serious performance improvements by redesigning the sync engine from the ground up. The blog post linked above has all the details so I recommend reading it if you are interested.

So go ahead, give Nylas Mail a try and let me know in the comments what you think about it. In case you wanted to self-host the sync engine, take a look at my previous blog post on the topic.