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Dazzling email client Maestro enters into public preview for Windows Phone 8.1 users

The built-in email client on Windows Phone gets the job for casual users, but for those looking for a brighter, more powerful experience, there have been few options. Maestro is a new email app for Windows Phone 8.1 and Hidden Pineapple makes it, the developers behind the favorite Rowi Twitter client years ago.

Today, after some delay, it is finally entering into a public preview. Users can now download and use the client, which supports Outlook and Gmail out the gate, including multiple accounts.

Dubbed as "A better mail experience for Windows Phone 8.1", Maestro looks to deliver aesthetically pleasing emails, but also more advanced inbox controls for the email addicts out there. Today's release is a 'preview' meaning the app itself is still far from complete, but the core of it is working enough to warrant letting you folks jump in an take it for a ride.

Unfortunately, Windows Phone 8.1.1 (Preview for Developers) has a few bugs in it that Microsoft needs to fix. As a result, some of the cooler features such as 'swipe to delete' or 'tap and hold to enter swift edit mode' are not enabled in Maestro initially. Once Microsoft patches the OS, those features should return (a similar, but unrelated bug affects Tweetium when loading, although this was patched with this week's OS update).

What else is enabled in Maestro? Here are some of the highlighted features.

  • Live Tile
  • Push Notifications
  • HTML support
  • Frequency setting for email checks

After running Maestro for a few days, we can say the app is definitely a little rough as expected from a preview release. Tapping a notification opens up the entire client and the not the email message itself. There are also occasional syncing issues and the features are very limited in this early look. Still, going by the design, layout and new programming language, Maestro certainly has potential.

Overall, it is great to see Maestro finally getting its public debut. I hope that you can all put it through the wringer and over the following months, this app will grow to be a juggernaut. Grab the app below, and sound off in comments (do not be surprised if the devs jump in and answer your questions).

Follow the Maestro team on Twitter too for updates or questions! You can find them @getmaestro or their website maestroapp.com.

QR: Maestro

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

213 Comments
  • When will be the full one arrives???
  • Probably when this is not in preview and testing completes.
  • Mr Snarky is awake
  • When you say about the features not working on 8.1.1 preview for developers does that include the official 8.1.1 on my 930 ??
  • Yes
  • I would say not since he specifically said the Preview for Developers. If he would have said Windows 8.1.1 I would have been a bit more questioning. Just my $0.02!
  • Based on the this preview, this app is definitely not dazzling. Hopefully it gets better, but I'm really surprised this is receiving such attention on Wpcentral. There are a plethora of other email clients, not to mention the default one, that offer more functionality and are much prettier.
  • The most nice feature it's the capable of attach files on a existing e-mail at least for enterprise users.
  • Wait, what?  I can attach a file to an email?!?  This alone is worth a huge price.  I am trembling with anticipation, but dare I ask?!?  Can I Edit the text of a forward or reply (especially to delete part of it) before sending? Replay or forward a message from a different account then it was recieved in?  If I can do these three things, and the app works well in other respects, I will pay up to $40 for the full client.  I did that for RoadSync on my Nokia E71 and it was worth every penny.
  • Yup, any file can be attached and yes to both of your questions (though we don't support aliases yet so only the accounts you have setup). Good to know. :)
  • Well, that's very, very good news.  Unfortunately, I can't use it!  I have three main email addresses, two Exchange accounts and a Yahoo! mail account, none of which are supported. I guess I'll just have to hope these incredibly popular hosts are supported eventually.
  • Be sure to tell us that over here: http://maestroapp.uservoice.com
  • At least here I can attach any files I want.
  • I just installed Metro mail http://www.windowsphone.com/en-in/store/app/metromail/e2505360-4142-4d85... It is great indeed it can attach any file while replying, but the free version is limited to only one email account
  • Agreed, I was expecting so much more based on the hype. It's just not ready for preview yet. If development has been held up then it's better to delay it than release it like this.
  • Personal opinion. ;)
  • Sure, I just get annoyed that so many developers are happy to release Alphas now rather than get to a stable state first. Though now I've seen your EDM I realise you at least started it was still Alpha. Many devs will call this state Beta nowadays.
  • No. When the ago doesn't work at all, you don't release it. Release an alpha once the basic framework is complete and working.
  • Funny you say that because Maestro has completely stopped working for me now. I'll report it on UserVoice.
  • Does anyone know if they plan on supporting Exchange/Pop/Imap?
  • Much like Email hub app.....
  • No.
  • +3310
  • OWww upgrade your phone already!
  • +5110
  • please don't N-Gage others.
  • +N73
  • +P30
  • Just installed here. It's beautiful ... Modern design :)
  • I still like the Mail app that comes with WP better.
  • I really haven't noticed anything different between Windows Phone and iPhone, but the last I've seen anything on iPhone was a few years ago. It's an email app. Should it be so bedazzling as say a game or a service app (banking app for example). I still like the original, too.
  • Count me in I'm a heavy email user and although its lacking a tiny bit I don't think I'll be switching over to some other client...
  • Yeah I'm a little puzzled at the "fine for casual users" part myself. Yes there are a couple of missing features I'd like to have (more flexibility in attachments chief among them) but overall I am a VERY heavy email user and the great native WP client has kept me from seriously considering other platforms so far. It's just so fast and stable, even when dealing with several hundred emails per day.
  • What language was the app written in?
  • Probably C#
  • french
  • Lol good one
  • This too. I'd imagine C#, but it says "new language" no idea what that's about o:
  • The errors I get lead me to believe html javascript
  • It's C#/XAML
  • Technically speaking i would say the app might be written in asp.NET using C# as it uses webapp architecture
  • asp.NET isn't even a choice for WP apps. It's either XAML/C# or HTML/WinJS for managed code. There's also DirectX/C++ or DirectX+Xaml/C++ combo for native code.
  • I would stop speaking technically and better google this again :P
  • I'm not sure what they meant by "new language" but we wrote it in C# and XAML.
  • Guess they meant WinRT instead of Silverlight, Joshua!
  • Yes, it's C#/XAML.
  • Can't beat the native one though...
  • Can't connect with my account..
  • Where should we report bugs? It has so many in my L928 that is pretty much useless to me, but I want to contribute.
  • You can send us feedback via email or UserVoice. Look in the about screen.
  • You may want to consider removing the 10 votes per user limit for now while there is a lot to report.
  • Nah, it's a nice forcing function. If you only want to vote on bugs, cool, if the features are more important to you, cool, some of both, that's fine. Everything? Well, we can't work on everything at once, so better to tell us what's most important.
  • Isn't it better to know how widespread an issue is rather than how much people want it fixed based on an arbitrary limit? This is one reason User Voice is a bit difficult for bug reporting vs feature request, though I understand the decision to use it because of the simple UI.
  • Actually there is a much bigger problem with limited votes than you may realise. You need at least one vote to post an 'idea', and since you're using this for bugs (and there are many to report) you're actually limiting your testers' ability to give you valuable information.
  • Agreed.
  • ^this
  • Uservoice isn't for bugs. It's for feature requests.
  • Download not happening. Anybody else facing the same issue?
  • Finally here. Downloading and testing now..
  • Really clean app. A dark theme would be welcomed.
    Will there be a full test when the final version of the app is released?
  • Glad you like. If you want a dark theme, be sure to tell us here.
  • Will do.
  • Gives me the following error when trying to connect to the Outlook "Object reference not set to an instance of an object". Gonna try Gmail now.
  • Gmail works fine. But Outlook ... =/
  • that error sound a lot like c#...
  • I get this also, after hanging on "getting account information" having apparently successfully authenticated an outlook and then a gmail account. 
  • I like options so will give this a try. The default mail app is good but still would like to see improvements such as swipe to delete and a select all option.
  • We had swipe to delete, but unfortunately there's a critical bug in WP (any update past 8.1 has it at the moment) that prevents us from doing so. Microsoft is aware and will fix the bug in future updates, but it's not out yet. When it's fixed, we'll have that feature in there.
  • Nice to hear, looking forward to fix.
  • Works pretty nice for a preview application though there are some minor bugs that are to be fixed looking forward to the finished version.
  • Gorgeous app. However, won't let me actually read my emails. Unless I'm missing something
  • the same for me, it wont let me do anything. Far from 'dazzling' if i'm honest.
  • Be sure to send us feedback (look in the about screen).
  • Ugh! Buggy, slow and not ready after all these months.... If you want to be an alpha tester than be my guest but really, who needs this?  Slide to delete - not working.  Exceedingly disappointed. Deleted it.
  • True Slide to delete - not working on my L720 too... and its too slow.
  • Did you guys read the article ? 
  • Ok correcting my statement.... as mentioned in the article slide to delete isn't working!! Lol
  • :)
  • See my reply to the above comment.
  • Thanks!
  • There is no slide to delete functionality yet because of a known bug in Windows Phone. Microsoft will ship an update in the future to fix it. As for the rest, yah, expected. That's why we called it a preview.
  • Yeah,  I could code out some garbage and throw it out there and call it an 'alpha' app... doesn't make it anything but a piece of junkware... That's what Maestro is... junk. For WPC to call it "dazzling" is a perversion of objective journalism. That's why these fan-sites are ultimately worthless, they never met a news release they didn't like. 
  • Connected to my outlook account with no problems. Not much else works tho... and the app doesn't close when you press the back button.
  • I was going to say the same things. It's pretty much useless now. Maybe the final will be better.
  • It wont close. It uses the new multi tasking features of WP8.1 which is similar to the way in which Windows 8.1 works - apps are suspended when you close them instead of fully shutting down.
  • You can still fully shut down apps in 8.1
  • It is pretty buggy, I often can't open emails at all. At this point it looks nice but not very useful on my 1020 until the OS bug is dealt with. Will re-evaulate then. 
  • If it stops doing anything when you tap on mails, etc, kill it and it will work again. We're investigating that bug.
  • Ohhh god ... Finally!!!!
    +730 after 1oct but now +520
  • Successfully connected the Gmail account but cant connect with the Outlook account.
  • Which account did you connect to first? I only have an outlook account and that works fine...
  • When I am connected to my outlook account, it first completed the authentication but when it showed: GATHERING ACCOUNT DATA, it stopped there and showed a message: OBJECT REFERENCE NOT SET TO AN INSTANCE OF AN OBJECT.
  • We're looking into this one.
  • Thanks!
  • I don't like it. Maybe once it gets more work done, but it's far to clunky compared to the native app. I downloaded it, added my Outlook.com (which was amazingly easy) and played around a bit. Not impressed yet. Will check it out in the future after improvements.
  • Design looks nice, everything plays well for an Alpha. Only issue I have is that it crashes to startscreen randomly when I open emails. Can be a fantastic app, if not the best, once the fix by MS is implemented and when any remaining bugs are fixed by the dev.   For those of you complaining about it not being ready... Well... Yeah... It's an alpha... It's meant to be us helping the dev through the development of the app... Just think about that for a second before you complain about being "exceedingly disappointed." 
  • In all fairness, this would be agony to even test. I'm not passing judgment on the app, just not willing to participate in the alpha.
  • Time to grin and bare it until an update for it, haha :P
  • No. Please keep your clothes on. For the sake of all of us here!!
  • During syncing...apps becomes unresponsive
  • Yowza, that's buggy. The settings page doesn't allow scrolling, but should. More importantly, I can't scroll through my emails. Anytime I touch the screen, there is flickering as the screen shift back and forth between my inboxes. This definitely needs a unified inbox option
  • For me this look looks like a standard mail with skin. I still like the default app but looking forward on this app as well.
  • We're just working on getting the core functionality working well at this point. All the "fancy" isn't even in there yet. :)
  • I can't find app.Anyone here with same issue??Appstore(us)
  • I tipped about it ... Y Daniel didn't mentioned me
  • Because
  • Its not all about you...and 20 other people prob tipped it too. What do you expect, a thankyou speech?
  • Yea#iyae
  • Really nice and clean App. Gonna give it a try.
  • windows the bear third party dev support.
  • Why i cant swipe on mails right or left just like in the video shown befoee (trialer)
  • Duh! Read the whole storeys dude...
  • Yah, we don't have that functionality in there right now because of an OS bug (as mentioned in the article above).
  • unresponsive many times 
  • We're looking into that bug. If it becomes unresponsive (it's actually still working/running, but navigation stops working so it doesn't go anywhere), kill it via multi-tasking and it will work again.
  • Well I tried it, and after a few attempts, was able to get an Outlook account added. After of which, I couldn't access the settings to add another account. Found the app to be very inconsistent when adding an account and all options are broken. Using Lumia 822 with latest WP 8.1 Update 1 DP. WIll wait for an update, but looking forward to using this for my gmail account in the future. When it works of course.
  • Adding a new account is under "accounts", not settings. We're aware that settings is broken.
  • Thanks for the quick response! I reinstalled it and then added my gmail account. That worked well enough. For some strange reason, settings and the other options worked. After closing the app and then reopening, the settings didn't work anymore. They also didn't work on my first test adding an outlook account. None of the emails listed open up either (using GMail account). Hopefully this helps a bit for debugging. Also, the live tile doesn't seem to be working or showing anything. Other than that, it's a great UI and will likely be my primary GMail app in the future.
  • Glad you like it despite the issues. We have a fix for the live tile issue and it will go out in the next update. Settings will be fixed in the next one too. As for not being able to open anything, we're still trying to figure out the problem is with that, but if it happens, just kill Maestro via multi-tasking and it should then work again.
  • Using your advice, after closing and re-opening Maestro, I was able to open emails within my GMail account. It is wierd that I couldn't open emails. Seems like it only happened when I first used it, but now is it's stable with openening emails. Notifications in WP8.1 are coming up for GMail emails as well. The UI and aethestic is fantastic. Can't wait to see how this pans out. Also good on you and your team for being so vocal with your users.
     
  • Default email client is much responsive, this is bit slow.
  • remember this is an alpha version
  • Ok so why need this ? i mean default email client is working fine and there is no lag.
  • It won't be for everyone, but reasons people might switch are a cleaner design, more functionality (like attaching any types of files, modifying replies/forwards, etc) and much better productivity. But again, not for everyone.
  • Both my accounts seem to work, that is great! I did notice that I cannot tap the first-top mail. After re-opening it, none of the mails are openable. But hey, it's a preview and the way it looks, this thing is going to be AWESOME! Keeping it installed and checking the updates when they come. Best of luck with this app.
  • Thanks! We appreciate the feedback. If the app appears to become unresponsive, kill it via multi-tasking and it should work again. This is a known bug we're working on.
  • Sounds like I'll wait on this one
  • as an alpha the UI is very cool and user friendly, can change the color etc... but its still a little slow to sync but this is only alpha so i hope it gets faster and 1 more bad thing more is the email it shows is for mobile sizes... those emails that has been sent for to look on desktop looks rly weird
  • Be sure to give us feedback! :) http://maestroapp.uservoice.com
  • This will need more work to compete with MetroMail or 1Mail
  • Working with Outlook.com for me.  But synching is super slow. And there appears to be no functionality to archive or even move messages right now. Uninstalling. The native WP mail app is great. I just wished it had an "Archive" button like the Outlook.com web client does. Would be faster than having to select ...->move->Archived.
  • We had archive (swipe to delete/archive) but had to pull it because of an OS bug in WP. The feature will come back when it's fixed (Microsoft is aware). Could you email us a screenshot or something of how you use archive in Outlook.com? Last time I looked it didn't have archive. maestro at hidden pineapple dot com
  • Yep, will e-mail you a screenshot of the Archive button in Outlook.com right now.
  • Thank you!
  • Good Design. Thanks for delivering. Few things after first try: 1. Please also add Yahoo. 2. When replying/Forwarding Please indicate the writing/cursor position. That way we can clearly see where to write. 3. Setting page not working properly ("Setting" Text is vertically half hidden)     a. Please add more refreseh interval : 10min/ 15 min based on account.      b. Setting page scroll not working.
  • Please send feedback here. :)
  • Done, Thanks!
  • Very buggy. Uninstalled. Not usable on 920 on dev preview + amber
  • UI is great.. But there are lots of bugs.. I would still prefer the stock WP mail..
  • It's not that dazzling, the dev team found a massive OS bug (mentioned in the launch email) which means half the promised features haven't been rolled out. Personally, I'd have waited for the fix.
    Microsoft, it's up to you to squash the bug.
  • They've told us they already fixed the bug but it's not be released yet. Hopefully soon.
  • Lots of bugs on my 620... Very promising app though. I love the UI. I'll keep an eye on that.
  • Yah, we seem to have lots of bugs in general at the moment, but we'll get them all fixed up. Thanks for trying it out and keeping an eye on it. :)
  • I use Metromail, but I like this one. It does seem glitchy as I initial couldn't open emails. It's seems a bit laggy, however its preview. I'll gladly pay for this app once things get smoothed out.
  • Thanks for the feedback and letting us know. :) We'll be ironing out lots of bugs.
  • Damn, I waited for this one for so long, and it's a complete mess. Hope they iron out all the bugs fast :)
  • We will. A lot of these bugs weren't showing up for us so we didn't know about them, so it's been great having you all find them. :) We'll have an update with some fixes later today actually.
  • Wow... Lumia Icon running DP 8.1...I was able to download the app and it connected with my Gmail account but I can't read any e-mails or compose a new e-mail. I'm sure they will work it all out soon
  • If the app becomes unresponsive, kill it via multi-tasking and it will work again.
  • Tile is blank, the emails does not opened sometimes, slow performance in animation.
  • What device are you on?
  • lumia 920, wp 8.1.1.1.1.1.11..   dont remember all this ones
  • Hope they make a Windows 8 app that will work with groups. I need a better Windows Mail but am happy with WP mail.
  • If successful on Windows Phone, we will ship on Windows. It's already built to be a Windows app too.
  • Can't connect with either my outlook or Gmail accounts.
  • This App is okay. I know yall work very hard with creating a email App but it needs improvement can't even scroll down when i go to settings.
  • Yup, we're working on it. :)
  • Downloaded, no issues setting up Gmail or Outlook, freezes up after that, but....this is gonna be a beautiful app once it's out of preview.
  • Thank you! :) If it appears to be unresponsive, you can kill Maestro via multi-tasking and it should work again. It's a bug we're looking into.
  • Settings is broken on Lumia 1020 WP 8.1.1
  • Sooo broken.
  • Error in connecting to the gmail as well as outlook accounts.... :-/
  • Unable to add second account. Uninstalling for now.
  • This app straight up doesn't work on my 8X. Guess you can put anything in the windows store these days.
  • Alpha version, designed for testing only
  • My mistake then.
  • I'll check it out when I get home. Its cool having a new email utility.
  • I have it downloaded but it won't add my Outlook or Gmail accounts - I keep getting an error after I login to them and confirm permissions.
  • There was an error connecting to your account .... That's all I am getting.
  • I agree that it's still rough and limited, but I see lots of potential so far. Now if only Microsoft would open up the API so that we can replace the default mail app with this once it becomes more fully-featured....
  • Well its finally out, now lets hope for some frequent bug fix and optimizing updates. And it might be a great app, looks are good, nice to see some colors.
  • Curious to see the live tiles design but isn't working, just a blank transparent tile in my 1520
  • Mine as well :|
  • Seen and uninstalled. I will wait for the full version. Like the UI :-)
  • The about screen, settings, and accounts menus wont pull up after being in the app for a while either. Love the UI but functionality wise, seems a little complicated. Not sure what some of the buttons do as functionality is gone.
  • Not my cup of tea yet a bit to unresponsive waiting for beta/official
  • This app has real promise, but I wonder if the developer wouldn't have been better served by a  voluntary private beta, at least at this early a stage, where the urge to peck and moan would be not as great, since it woud be just private feedback.  Whenever there's an early public beta there is always a lot of venting and disproportionate anger about something that is, after all, entirely voluntary and free.   I like the look of the app and hope the developers can gain some useful feedback. 
     
  • That would've been the easier route for sure, but it's been EXTREMELY useful for us. We appreciate all the feedback (even the moaning). ;)
  • No way to move between emails when they are opened. The default wp has this since wp7 days.
  • We didn't personally find that feature useful so we didn't add it. That said, you all get to help shape the direction we go with the app so please add that suggestion to our UserVoice site. Thanks!
  • Looks good and feels very promising but not ready yet.
  • Glad to hear it! Yes, we know it's not ready. Preview! ;) We've fixed a bunch of bugs already. We're just trying to get the core stable at this point.
  • Asks for permission to access my outlook.com account, then displays the 'error connecting to your account' message.
  • This was fixed in the update yesterday.
  • I'm from India and the login page doesn't show up ... I get a notification that an error occurred ( NL525 8.1.1 DP(cyan) )
  • Ensure your date/time/timezone are correct and if they are, try rebooting your phone. This is unfortunately an issue with OAuth and nothing we can do about it.
  • Nice design and it looks good, but that's about it. So I connected a Gmail account, it showed the mail in my inbox correctly. Opened a couple up, seemed to work. Opened an unread email, then deleted it, it disappeared from the app, but the deletion hadn't propogated to the Gmail web interface, however, it did go to 'read' state on there, so at least that part works. Tried using the sync button to force a sync, it seemed to sync for several minutes, but the email still wasn't deleted on the Gmail web interface. Following that, no emails would open at all, so I had to close the app and go back in. Tried a sync again, email still didn't delete. Tried deleting a couple of others and forcing a sync - no joy. The settings page doesn't display correctly either. To be brutally honest, it's pre-alpha. An alpha is generally usable for testing with some bugs, this is bugs with a bit of functionality. It's not ready for anyone except advanced users, and even then, with this level of functionality, even they are going to struggle. I'm quite happy to install it again, reproduce the issues and write a full bug report, but I'm not wasting my time with uservoice - that is really *not* a suitable bugtracker I'm afraid.
  • Delete works, but not until it syncs again. Read/Unread works the same way, so I'm not sure why it did one, but not the other. I'll log it as a bug and investigate it though. Might be because you took two actioins on the mail and we're not handling that properly. We've fixed a bunch of bugs over the last couple days. Check it out again? Thanks for checking out Maestro (and being honest with us...we appreciate it). :)
  • Laggy interface. No RTL support. Settings not scrollable. I don't understand how they could release the app in this status, preview or not. I think it might create antagonism with potential users.
  • We've fixed a lot of bugs. Try again? :) As for RTL support. The "interface" itself definitely doesn't support RTL yet, but "content" should. That said, we're all LTR here so we haven't done any testing with RTL yet. Mind sending me an email with a screenshot or something? erik at hidden pine apple dot com
  • I applaud developers for trying something new and to better functionality but Alpha or not, various things do not work in this app and it isn't a good first impression.   1. Settings do not work 2. Accounts does not work 3. Issue with Outlook mail not working(Authentication completed! Getting Account information) yet nothing happens....it just stays on that screen. Gmail ironically works.
  • Grab the latest update. We fixed a lot of bugs over the last couple days. All you mentioned should work fine now.
  • Not able to configure either of email options. Shwos only error with both !!
  • What is the error? Could you make sure you have the latest update and try again? If it's still a problem, please email us a screenshot at mestro at hidden pine apple dot com
  • Nice app but lots of bugs. Settings page doesn't scroll. Small text box for typing.
  • Grab the latest update. We fixed a bunch of bugs.
  • Bugs, I don't find it any better then the native app except their is color to add WOW
  • Grab the latest update. We fixed a lot of the bugs. Yes, we're currently just working on getting the core stable. Nothing too fancy yet past the default mail app (other than being able to attach any file type). There will be more soon.
  • Cannot download the app. It says Pending and nothing happens
  • Trust me... you're not missing anything: not-ready-for-release. 
  • Is the Windows Phone community so desperate for apps that some piece of dysfunctional alpha software is called "dazzling?" 
  • Must be. ;) Btw, we fixed a lot of bugs over the last day or two. Grab latest and see if it works better for you. We're working on getting the core solid so we can add all the fancy.
  • It looks nice although I really want IMAP !
  • Generic IMAP for any server? Be sure to add/vote on that here.
  • Can you download attachments?
  • Yes. Are you having troubles?
  • Really buggy-->unistalling. I prefer Metromail hands down.
  • It's a preview. :) Nowhere near done. We're updating often already.
  • http://i.imgur.com/kWDM6Fn.jpg Lol, 12gb data :-o
  • Grab the latest update. That should be fixed. ;)
  • Can't even open a single email. Can't open settings. Just managed to add my outlook account and view a list of emails, nothing more. Useless app so far.
  • Developer should consider a different line of work.
  • If this is legitimate, then why not make the app free until it is stable? Why would anyone pay for an alpha phase app and keep paying through to release grade?