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Giveaway of the day — Hiri

A complete replacement for Microsoft Outlook that makes you a better Manager!
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User rating: 31 (61%) 20 (39%) 36 comments

Hiri was available as a giveaway on February 18, 2017!

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Hiri is a beautiful desktop email client that helps you get your email under control and focus on the emails that really matter to you. Hiri is particularly suitable for people like managers who receive a lot of email and want to improve their communication skills.
Notable features include:

  • Works with Exchange, Office 365 and Outlook.com;
  • Includes a fully functioning calendar;
  • Works with your company’s address book;
  • Tasks and email are side by side;
  • Set email reminders so you don’t forget about them;
  • Convert an email to a task by dragging it to the Task list - simple!
  • Stop checking mail too often. This is a bad habit that destroys your focus. Hiri has a dashboard timer that reminds you not to check too often.

You can use Hiri to connect to Exchange, Office365, or a Microsoft email account (Outlook.com, Live, Hotmail). Other email providers, such as Gmail, Yahoo, etc are currently not supported.

System Requirements:

Minimum requirements are: Windows 7/ 8/ 10. 2GB of RAM. Graphics drivers: OpenGL 2.1 or higher is required. There are no minimum CPU requirements on top of that required to run Windows. Your email account should be hosted an Office 365 account / Microsoft Exchange 2010 or higher.

Publisher:

Hiri

Homepage:

https://www.hiri.com/

File Size:

69.3 MB

Price:

$35.00

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#18

Downloaded this, Installed, Run it as admin. In the initial setup, I enter my email address, and it identifies as exchange etc email. So fa so good. THEN I enter my password, it says 'your password may be wrong' and fails login. I know the password is correct, Outlook 2016 works fine, and so does Thunderbird, so does Live.com if I access from off another PC. If this is going to not work for me, then i will be un-installing this. There are some totally free E-Mail clients that can be downloaded, I think I'll give those a looksie instead, as sometimes Outlook and Thunderbird lockup or just decide to throw hissy fits now and then. (Mainly when dealing with Junk e-mails).

Reply   |   Comment by bryan gee  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#17

Sorry but as others have said.....without support for POP3 or IMAP this is useless as more & more of us now use Gmail etc for our email accounts......not going to change that for one program when we have similar offerings which do support these protocols.....launching such a program with the mention of expanding it seems a little shortsighted......these KEY elements need to be a basic & integral part of any organiser program ......certainly not worth ditching MS any time soon

Reply   |   Comment by Paul Whiteley  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#16

Reasons for skipping this one,

Technical,

1. No mention of support to standard email protocols, such as pop3, imap, smtp
2. No support for other mail providers than Office365 or Exchange. "Other email providers, such as Gmail, Yahoo, etc are currently not supported." quoted from Hiri's home page.
3. "This is a 64bit build and presently there are no 32bit builds" quoted from Hiri's download page
4. "On older versions of Windows (7, 8), if Hiri doesn't start, you might need to download and install Update for Universal C Runtime.". Geared towards windows 10 on wards. I would not expect a long lifetime support for older OS.

Company & Site,

5. No FAQ, and no support page. However, a contact page exist, with an address on a shared start-up facility, but without a phone number.
6. No information about the company (who's behind it, some history, miss statement, etc). A first impression trust-key when enterprise quotes can be requested (under pricing page).
7- No site visitors consent asked to get the permissions to store cookies (EU law); it is expected since company is based in Dublin.
8- All these scrolling big names (SAP, T-Mobile, HP Enterprise, DocuSign, etc..) who are they? customers or start-up-funders? For me it's misleasing

So the mail client sounds interesting from a start-up based in Dublin, however it clearly targets enterprise users on specific Microsoft platforms, allowing a better collaboration. And, I do not see the benefits of this one replacing other clients when the GOTD license is strictly personal.

Reply   |   Comment by Rached  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)

Rached, Thank You Rached; very helpful information.

Reply   |   Comment by JonE  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hi Rached,

Some fair criticisms there, and thanks for raising questions others might have. I'll try to answer those questions here.

We do not support POP or IMAP accounts, we are targeting Office 365 and Exchange users. Sorry if that means you can't use Hiri. We'll get around to supporting other providers, but it's going to take time.

We're a new email client, and it's not feasible to support every version of every OS - we don't have the resources for that. However, Hiri is available on Mac, Windows and Linux, and we work with most reasonably modern versions of all three. That's pretty rare.

There's very little risk in trying Hiri. We sync with your O365/Exchange account. If you don't like it, you can always go back to your old client. Every mail you have read in Hiri will be marked as read. Every calendar event will be updated. No harm, no foul.

There is a feedback button in the app where users can get support. We work hard to answer every question. Naturally, enterprise/paid customers can expect faster support. We are going to launch a self help facility. We use Zendesk. We just haven't made it public yet. But in truth, Hiri requires very little support. There's not a whole lot that can go wrong. We've had thousands of downloads today, but only a handful of issues.

We don't have an About us page because, for the most part, nobody cares about who we are. But there is plenty of information about us online. Techcrunch, 9 to 5 mac, Crunchbase, Linkedin and so on. You can even see my ugly mug here:
https://techcrunch.com/2016/06/07/hiri/

My Linkedin is here:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/dapower/

I take your point though- we can do better - it's email software and people may like to see some credentials so they know they can trust us.

Yes, we need to add the cookie disclaimer. Our bad.

To be clear, the GOTD offer is NOT strictly for personal use. We are targeting individuals inside companies and are more than happy for business users to avail of this offer.

Hope that helps.

All the best,
Dave

Reply   |   Comment by Dave Power  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Dave Power,

Thank you for taking the time to address some key points. I am in no doubt that Hiri has serious potentials, and frankly it could be something I may introduce in my organization when the time is right.

In a highly competitive, and fast moving tech age, the expectations bar is high on every detail, and probably that's what i was trying to say.

Hiri is indeed interesting, and surely my comments was not to undermine it's capabilities, but rather as a constructive feedback. The very best of luck from me.

Reply   |   Comment by Rached  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#15

Would have loved to try this offering, but I am Gmail and Yahoo all the way.

Thank you GOTD and all you folks for the comments.

Reply   |   Comment by Contevou  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#14

I already use outlook as an organizing tool

Reply   |   Comment by george james ducas  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#13

This offer is laughingly lacking in information. This is supposed to be mainly an enterprise product. But, there is almost no technical information on the publisher's website : the product is designed to work with Office 365 and Exchange, so it's not your ordinary bit of freeware. It purports to replace Microsoft Outlook, which is a huge program. Such a big claim obviously needs much, much more supporting facts then the one slick web page offered by the publisher.

It says here the program is normally 35 $, and free during this promotion, however the pricing page on the publisher's site has a different story : the 35 $ is a yearly subscription ! So is the product offered here for life, or will it stop working after one year ?

Some of the ideas described on the site are interesting, but this is way insufficient to commit to a mail client, especially an enterprise one, and one that might entail a yearly payment !

Reply   |   Comment by Clairvaux  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)

Hi Clairvaux,

To be clear, it is a yearly subscription. The economics just don't work otherwise.

Curious about what technical information you would like to see.
We support the EWS protocol - Microsoft's preferred method of communicating with O365 and Exchange. There's really not much more to it than that. We do not rely on any third party services.

Trying Hiri is virtually risk free. If you open an email or mark it as unread in Hiri, it will be opened in Outlook/marked as unread.

If you like it, and we add enough value, you'll probably be happy to pay for it. If not - well, that's on us. We have more work to do.

Hope that helps.

All the best,
Dave

Reply   |   Comment by Dave Power  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#12

no code to be entered, basically it is no much issue in setup.
i upgrade my xp to win10 x64 os, & my new notebook is likely matching the setup requirement.
i choose this s/w, re:- i get use to using Outlook Express that it is not provided in win10.
so, it is coming in in the right time.
hoping that in the coming months it can handle pop3, and give us as an update.

donald

Reply   |   Comment by donald  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Hi Donald,

We'll probably start with IMAP first. Should be able to connect to most providers using IMAP these days. POP is a little bit old!

Thanks for the comment!
Dave

Reply   |   Comment by Dave Power  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

Wonder if it will work with IMAP, SMTP, and POP3 servers??
Just the fact that this is not mentioned makes me wonder about the usefulness of this program..

Reply   |   Comment by jack  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Hi Jack,

We support EWS as we're primarily focused on Office 365/Exchange users for now. We're targeting business users and these Microsoft products are still the most popular business email servers out there.

Having said that, IMAP support should be coming later in the year!

Cheers,
Dave

Reply   |   Comment by Dave Power  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#10

"You can use Hiri to connect to Exchange, Office365, or a Microsoft email account (Outlook.com, Live, Hotmail). Other email providers, such as Gmail, Yahoo, etc are currently not supported."

You can easily have outlook[.]com act more like a client itself, sending/receiving emails from services like Google -- would seem to me like the work-a-round for not being able to connect directly.

I would guess that Hiri might appeal to some Live Mail users looking for alternatives now that Microsoft has ended support for the app. And/or Windows 10 default mail app doesn't AFAIK have a huge number of fans.

That said, if you look at the features you have access to in Windows 10 running Office, where you can use Outlook integration with Cortana, One Note etc., IMHO Hiri would only be a replacement if all of that was too much, & you were after something simpler/easier.

In a related note: remember that you have just over a month left if you want to lock in the intro pricing for outlook[.]com premium features. You can get an idea of what those features are, & their benefits at thurrott[.]com, where Paul's written a few articles about it.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

mike, not a replacement for no longer supported versions of windows live mail since it is 64 bit only and windows 7 or newer so does not support the versions of windows that microsoft have tried to shut out with the end of webdav access... but it is not difficult to access outlook.com imap servers with even windows live mail 2009 and 32bit Vista! And of course this cannot replace a free program like windows live mail 'cause it is not free it's rentalware isn't it!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hi Mike,

Our focus has really been on people who receive a lot of email and need to stay on top of it. We provide a very simple method for doing this - simply separate your mail into Action and FYI (what you need to do and what you just need to know about). This is a very effective method of staying on top of your email. We also offer a task list so you can capture emails you may otherwise forget about.

Yes, it is possible to set up a similar workflow in Outlook, but people tend to use and discover features based on how much priority they are given in the UI. The problem with Outlook is that it has too much functionality, and even the things you don't use frequently are in the main UI. Buttons everywhere! So people try to use it all. This is actually a mistake. People end up creating unnecessarily complex workflows when a simple one would be more effective.

For example, Outlook gives a lot of priority to folders in the UI. This encourages the use of folders. Using folders extensively has been proven to be ineffective and time consuming.

We're trying to guide people to use email effectively by stripping back the design and giving priority to the things that should be used.

Hope this makes sense!

Thanks for the comment.

Dave

Reply   |   Comment by Dave Power  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#9

an email client that doesn't support POP3 and IMAP is like an image editing application that doesn't support JPG or PNG

Reply   |   Comment by Roger T  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
#8

My questions are:
Who is hosting the servers and now secure they are?
Is the e-mail encrypted or not?
What are the normal set ups?

Giving access to your contacts and e-mail to an unknown entity can be a disaster.

Reply   |   Comment by Mado  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Hi Mado,

We don't host anything. You use Hiri with your own Exchange or Office 365 servers. It's simply a client that sits on your computer and connects to Microsoft.

Thanks,
Dave

Reply   |   Comment by Dave Power  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#7

Can an Outlook Express address book (.WAB) be imported, and/or can addresses be imported into the address book as a CSV file?

Reply   |   Comment by Eldad  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Hi Eldad,

I'm afraid not. But if you are using Outlook Express with MSN live, Outlook.com etc, Hiri should pick your contacts up.

Hope this helps!
Dave

Reply   |   Comment by Dave Power  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#6

Is it a 1 year license?

Reply   |   Comment by d  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#5

Without support for pop3, imap, smtp as well as exchange sync this is NOT even close to an MS Outlook replacement in my opinion

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+52)

Hi TK, sorry you can't use Hiri right now. We built Hiri primarily for business users. Very few companies use Outlook and connect via pop3 or IMAP as they connect via EWS to Exchange or Office 365, which is our primary market.

Having said that- we hope to support IMAP in the coming months!

Dave

Reply   |   Comment by Dave Power  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Dave Power,

Perhaps where you are (Dublin?) most businesses use Exchange or Office 365 but that's certainly not true in the USA. Nor are most organizations using cloud archives. I've been a business IT consultant for many years and have hundreds of customers both large and small. Most will not put sensitive information on a cloud server because they have no control of the cloud-provider's personnel, ethics, equipment, etc. And over 90% of my customers use POP3 and/or IMAP clients. Some use their ISP's server (if they trust them) but more of them host their own mail servers.

Why should a business trust their emails to someone unknown? Your business model needs work.

Reply   |   Comment by Microgoddess  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#4

is Hiri able to open .pst files?

Reply   |   Comment by Karl Krauss  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Hi Karl, not right now. We get your emails from the server and store them in a local DB. If you sync your PST using Outlook/Office 365, Hiri will pick up your emails. Not ideal in your case, but hopefully not a show stopper!

This is probably something we'll need to add, although most organisations use cloud archives these days. Hope that helps!
Dave

Reply   |   Comment by Dave Power  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#3

Totally underwhelmed by the features of this product. Advertising this program as a complete replacement of Outlook (hiri site) seems to me like the manufacturer is living in an other world.

Reply   |   Comment by Calimero  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+47)

Calimero, I went looking for where it said "Notes" but that seemed to be absent too...

Reply   |   Comment by JohnL  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

Hi Calimero,

I'm the manufacturer :-)
We deliberately chose not to do everything that Outlook does. Most users don't use 90% of the features Outlook offers, which means there's a lot of unnecessary clutter in the UI. We wanted to offer people a simple alternative.

The average email user spends 2.5 hours a day dealing with their email at work. This is way longer than it needs to be. The reason is because they are clinging to old habits (many of which are because of tools like Outlook). Hiri saves users 30 minutes per day by asking users to use their email in a different way. We spent a lot of time researching good email practice. For example, users are overly reliant on folders. Folders are not a good way to organise emails. People think folders make it easier to find what they are looking for later. In fact, it's 20% less efficient than searching.

Our goal was not to be another Outlook. We want to be something different. But yes, you can use Hiri instead of Outlook. Give it a try with fresh eyes. You might like it.

Of course, we understand that Hiri is not for everyone, and that's OK too :-)

Reply   |   Comment by Dave Power  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Dave Power,

What you are saying here is the potentially interesting part of your product. Yes, Microsoft Outlook is a bloated piece of software which can do much, but can also, arguably, get in the way. This can be a starting point for an innovative email client.

Unfortunately, you stopped at that starting point. There are no answers, here or on your site, about all the immediate, legitimate questions that arise right after that.

Reply   |   Comment by Clairvaux  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#2

Very interesting to see a real email client as an offering.

Am I right that this is a 1 year licence, which looks to be the case?

Reply   |   Comment by PhilS  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#1

Connecting to Exchange and Outlook.com is a good thing, but connecting to an IMAP account should be 'standard' as well - this would then make it compatible with GMail, Yahoo, etc.
POP and IMAP are the basic email communication standards.

Reply   |   Comment by Email Guru  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+63)

Hi Email Guru! We do plan to extend support to other protocols. Just haven't got around to it yet. Took a long time to build and just support Exchange/Office 365!

Thanks for chiming in,
Dave

Reply   |   Comment by Dave Power  –  5 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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