Today we are proud to announce the general availability of the Context.IO Lite API! This started as a small project to improve the performance of webhooks, but quickly grew as we recognized the performance and potential uses for Lite.

Our goal for this release is to gather performance data and feedback from early adopters. This is a true beta – we are confident in our infrastructure and features, but the Lite API may be less stable than the current API. Your feedback on stability and performance issues is invaluable to us as we move toward a full release. We would love to hear ideas that you have for the future.

To enable Lite on your API key,
send us an email
with your API key and we will get you started!

Lite is not a replacement of the 2.0 Context.IO API, so the functionality and endpoints that you are used to using are, and will remain fully functional. We have no plans to deprecate any of our 2.0 functionality. If you are wondering whether Lite is a good option for your application, please take a look at the documentation.

Here’s a quick breakdown:

Lite offers…

  • Better webhook performance and reliability
  • Fresh data by making calls directly to the email server
  • Improved response times for some endpoints
  • Instant email account access when users sign up—never wait for a sync to complete again!

2.0 continues to offer…

  • Stable message_id for every message across time and folders
  • Stable file_id for each file across time and folders
  • An email contacts list
  • Access to thread-level information for Gmail accounts
  • The ability to query messages across folders, labels and email accounts, when connected to a single user account
  • Faster calls when querying for indexed items (retrieving some header information, searching for attachments with a certain file size)

If this sounds interesting, just
let us know
and we’ll get you on Lite!


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