In-App Notifications for JIRA 5.1
Our vision is to remove email as the standard communication tool we use to collaborate on our projects. With Notify you no longer have to keep up with issue updates, sharing, or @mentions through you inbox but can instead enjoy them right where they belong: on your JIRA site.
If a team member decides to share an issue with you, then you will receive a notification while browsing JIRA. Same applies if someone mentions you using the @username notation. Even better, if you have a notification scheme for the project, then you will receive those notifications also as in-app notifications.
The in-app notification contains the original mail content that is sent to your inbox, so you can view each notification in detail. Even without leaving the JIRA page you are currently viewing.
After trying Notify, it will be difficult to go back to email notifications. If you are considering upgrading to JIRA 5.1, then I seriously recommend that you give Notify a try. It will minimize the context switch of going to your inbox for important notifications and increases productivity by having important notifications right there in the browser to take quick action.