Using Emacs Episode 49 mu4e-conversation

I've been using Emacs for email for a couple of years now. Not for everything, for now my personal email is still Gmail but work is sent and read through Emacs. I'm currently using mu4e and while it has a few quirks and limitations, I like it very much. You can take a look on how I configure and use it here.

The other day I saw this thread on Emacs about a new package - mu4e-conversation. It's a package that deals with email threads.

It's pretty cool. You can invoke it whenever you're in the headers view you can just run M-x mu4e-conversation and it combines all the email messages in the current thread into a single buffer.

It's pretty nice.

You can navigate between messages in the thread with C-c C-n and C-c C-p and use most if not all of the usual mu4e goodness but on top of that you can also toggle what the author calls tree mode by hitting V. Tree mode turns the thread into an org-mode tree - also extremely cool.

On top of this, you can also make mu4e your default viewing mode by setting a single variable with (setq mu4e-view-func 'mu4e-conversation).

Although it's very cool, I'm not sure if mu4e-conversation will find its way into my workflow or not and probably won't know for a while. This is mostly due to the fact that it's summer so work email slows down and I won't have too many long threads to play with this on.

I'll report back once I give it a fair shake but in the meantime if anyone out there has had the time to play with it, let us know what you think.


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