If you are like me, you have an Gmail account for your personal email, and use Google Apps for hosting your corporate domain for multiple addresses.
Like a pack-rat, the problem lies in finding the right information from all that data.
Why? Because when you compose an email, often it’s based on a previous correspondence or relationship.
This is where the power of search and find comes in.
This is also the reason why I use Outlook as my front end GUI for my emails because it aggregates all my emails into one interface, has options that Gmail does not offer, plus the search and find capabilities are much faster and more robust with information.
Combine these three features with an always synchronized Blackberry and the cloud is your oyster.
What the heck is CloudMagic?
CloudMagic creates a search index of your online data on your local hard disk. It works for Gmail and Google Apps email and only on Chrome & Firefox browsers (IE support coming soon).
I can hear all the security pundits and cloud evangelists now.
Not to worry, the password security is stored locally like any other local email application.
But cloud evangelists will argue this is not a true cloud model. True, you DO need access to your hard drive(s) for storage but there’s nothing wrong in having a synced backup in my opinion. In multiple places.
I see a lot of potential for this feature, especially if they can add support for Internet Explorer, and access other emails such as Yahoo and Hotmail (or heaven forbid, AOL!).
Moreover, add the robustness to Google Docs (only hosted Gmail from Google Apps is supported) as well as Salesforce and LinkedIn and you will have one central repository for Search and Find.
Now that is powerful, even if the solution is not on the cloud.
Crystal Ball Prediction: Either CloudMagic will be acquired, or Gmail will offer a similar functionality in the future. They already offer Google Gears of off-line email. Time will tell.
Check out their video on YouTube: