[update] Laszlo Mail is released into the wild! You can sign up for your very own account and check out our latest version at www.laszlomail.com As you may know, it has been available for EarthLink subscribers since June.

Laszlo Mail Screenshot

E-mail provides a lot of interesting UI challenges and opportunities. Lately there has been a lot of innovation in this area, both on the web and on the desktop. People use e-mail everyday. For many, it has become the center of their online experience. Even though web mail is missing some features of desktop mail applications, more and more people are moving to web-based mail because of the convenience of it being available on any computer you happen to be near.

Its exciting to see this project unveiled. I’ve been working on it for a while with my colleagues at Laszlo. Using LZX, we have been able to take a structured and modular approach to the problem. Its easy to focus on one class or area of the app with specific test files, getting that one part to work smoothly, then its pretty rewarding to see the larger application evolve. For me, it has really validated what I already believed — that the OpenLaszlo platform is ideal for building complex applications and creating a great web experience.


The wonderful designers at Laszlo recently put together a nice presentation about the suite of applications that we plan to build. We’re calling it Laszlo Digital Life.

The first of these applications is Laszlo Mail. We’re focused on creating a great user experience for web mail that approaches the experience of desktop mail applications with the added benefit of providing access to email from any computer with a web browser. It was released early this summer to EarthLink subscribers. We’re working on a putting up our latest and greatest so that anyone can check it out… stay tuned.

Scott Mace conducts an interesting interview with David Temkin, CTO of Laszlo Systems. ” Before AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) had a name, there was Laszlo Systems…” They talk a bit of the company’s history, particularly Laszlo’s decision to release the platform under an open source license, and about where Laszlo is headed with the development of Laszlo Mail and other applications.