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Astro Acquired by Slack: Apps to Shut Down October 10th

Astro Technology, the company behind the email app Astro for Mac and iOS (among others) has announced that it is being acquired by Slack, maker of the popular enterprise messaging service.

Unfortunately for those who use the Astro apps, Slack plans to shut them down on 10 October 2018, giving users just over two weeks to switch to another app. The Astro apps synced data with Gmail and Office 365 accounts, so you should be able to switch without losing anything. Just be sure you don’t have any messages that are snoozed or scheduled to send after the shut-down date.

It’s disappointing that Slack is giving users so little time to switch, but the apps were free, and it seems likely that Astro Technology never figured out a viable business model when competing with the likes of Apple’s Mail, Google’s Gmail, and Microsoft’s Outlook. Let us know in the comments if you have a favorite email app apart from the big three.

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