Proton Mail: these features are planned for the email service

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 28, 2022
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Proton Mail is a popular email service that focuses on privacy and security strongly. We have followed Proton Mail here on Ghacks ever since the service was introduced in 2014. New features and improvements were added, and the service has expanded lately into other fields, including secure file hosting. Proton acquired SimpleLogin in 2022 to add improved email alias capabilities to the service.

Proton revealed its plans for Proton Mail and Calendar in a blog post on the official website. These features are planned for 2023 and customers of the service should expect most if not all in the coming year.

Here is what you can expect in 2023 from Proton Mail:

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  • Schedule Send -- An option to schedule emails instead of sending them right away. Write emails in advance and set a date and time for the delivery.
  • Improved tracking protections -- Proton Mail protects against trackers in emails already, but the company plans to add enhanced protections. The company mentions protection against senders knowing when/if emails are opened, and tracker protection on by default in the Proton Mail App for Apple devices.
  • Reminders and Snooze Emails -- Reminders may be set for certain emails to receive a notification about it at a later time. Snooze emails hides emails for the time being and reminds users about them at a later time. Both are designed to improve focus when using Proton Mail.
  • Categorize Emails -- Proton is working on a way to categorize emails automatically and privately. The company gives a single example: move all social media notifications into a separate category for better accessibility.
  • Message content search in mobile apps -- Proton apps will download a local index to the device so that search becomes available.
  • Deeper service integration -- Further integration of the SimpleLogin service. Proton Drive will also be integrated deeper into Proton Mail. When users write emails with large attachments, they get "automatically uploaded to Proton Drive and sent as a secure link" instead. Saving of attachments will also improve using Proton Drive. Lastly, the company plans to implement Single Sign-On on mobile, so that one sign-in on the mobile is sufficient to use all company apps using that account.
  • Proton plans to launch a rewritten Android app that is faster and has a conversation view.
  • All official Proton Mails are marked with an "authenticity badge".
  • Message View in the inbox will be streamlined. Users will be able to respond to messages "without opening the email composer".

Proton Calendar is getting a few improvements as well in 2023. Among them a new tasks and to-do lists feature, improved sharing and convenience features.

You can check out all improvements mentioned by the company in the linked blog post.

Now You: do you use Proton Mail or other services of the company?

 

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  1. Robert said on November 28, 2022 at 8:47 am
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    Being a paying user and generally loving their vision – still, it takes them ages to implement new functionalities. I know that small company is unable to compete with tech behemoths, especially in email field which is not easy nowadays and very competitive.

    And I’m still waiting for iOS Proton Calendar App.

    1. Jek Tono Porkins said on November 28, 2022 at 5:51 pm
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      I don’t like how everything is purple and white. Those colors look suffocating to me. I had to enable the Legacy theme for my Proton Mail accounts so I only have to deal with the ugly color scheme on login.

      I think the previous style with the desaturated blue was better and more professional. Now it feels like Proton is some social network looking to attract teens and pre-teens. Very unprofessional colors IMO.

      In my opinion, it would’ve been better of they went for something in dark green or marine blue (the one with the shade of green in it) instead.

      Can’t recall why exactly I started using Proton Mail, I think it had something to do with being locked out of my Outlook account and in there it was forced to set up a recovery account and when I forgot the password of that account too, I got locked out of it and it snowballed from there where I lost like 3-4 Outlook accounts and never got them back so I think then I started looking for an alternative and discovered Proton Mail.

      1. highavailability said on November 29, 2022 at 1:24 pm
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        On the top right corner, settings, you can change the theme to the legacy option.

  2. ShintoPlasm said on November 28, 2022 at 8:58 am
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    Especially happy about the new Android app, as the current version is very basic. I know it’s unlikely to happen, but I would have loved some degree of integration with Google/Microsoft365 calendars as that’s what the majority of people (and workplaces!) use…

    1. ard said on November 28, 2022 at 9:15 am
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      ShintoPlasm. please read the Calender development on security and you will understand that that is hardly possible as ProtonMail is considered private and secure while Google/MS365 are not!. Proton will never compromise their careful designed security to get the integration with unsafe apps.

  3. ard said on November 28, 2022 at 8:58 am
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    at this moment, I do use 4 services of Proton: Mail, Calender, Drive and VPN. very content with the quality of the services and the permanent improvements.

  4. irontwit said on November 28, 2022 at 9:17 am
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    I’ve used their webmail. Seems like… webmail.

    Slightly off-topic… has anyone successfully used ProtonMail’s IMAP Bridge (ideally, with Thunderbird) for any length of time?

    1. Anonymous said on November 28, 2022 at 11:04 am
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      only available for premium user i believe…free user cant use bridge stuff

    2. anonymous said on November 28, 2022 at 5:24 pm
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      Yes. Works well. You can choose to display all your aliases separately, too.

  5. yanta said on November 28, 2022 at 10:24 am
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    No good for people who don’t want to live in the clouds.
    Never use web mail. Never will.
    It’s on my computer, where I control it.

    1. Iron Heart said on November 28, 2022 at 12:42 pm
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      @yanta

      The people above trust some provider without doing any background checks or research of their own. Proton Technologies is closely associated with Tesonet, a Lithuanian data mining company. These people are falling for an obvious honeypot and are likely the same people who are also using DuckDuckGo.

      1. anonymous said on November 28, 2022 at 5:35 pm
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        Proton’s refutation/explanation on Reddit (via Teddit) here: https://teddit (DOT) net/r/ProtonVPN/comments/8ww4h2/protonvpn_and_tesonet/
        And at Hacker News: https://news.ycombinator (DOT) com/item?id=18609655

      2. Iron Heart said on November 28, 2022 at 10:29 pm
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        @anonymous

        “Yeah, I mean, we do share the same postal address and our CEO is kinda involved in both companies, but we are NOT NOT NOT the same company. Trust us. Honest.

        Also, the scorched earth tactics we used on references to Tesonet on our site were just to fix an unfortunate misunderstanding! Yes, really!”

  6. Mothy said on November 28, 2022 at 4:54 pm
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    Now You: do you use Proton Mail or other services of the company?

    I only use their email service (since 2018) with a paid plan which is required to use the bridge application (to sync with Outlook). I briefly tried the calendar app but it lacks a lot of functionality compared to the Samsung calendar app that is included with my smartphone. But also because I really don’t have a need to share my calendar with anyone.

    It’s interesting they say they are going to rewrite the Android app to be faster. I find it’s already quite fast. But perhaps it’s more for older devices.

    Looking forward to conversation view, a much needed feature that has been available for a long time in other email apps.

    My only real concern is with their plan to automatically categorize email. I hope there is an option to turn it off/disable it as I have never cared for that feature in other email services that I’ve used in the past, especially when done automatically. Instead I prefer they just deliver my email to the inbox and I will manage everything from there.

  7. Trey said on November 28, 2022 at 5:57 pm
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    For me came down between Fastmail and Proton. Ended up going with Fastmail due to a few key features that only they offered, but either are good options.

  8. dial said on November 29, 2022 at 12:52 am
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    I really wish I shouldn’t have to pay $60/year just to make it usable (like having filters and semi-decent space) . It may not be a lot money for most people, but for me it looks like I will stay on free webmail for a little while.

    1. Sludge said on December 4, 2022 at 5:52 pm
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      Fair comment.

      But what value do you place and your privacy and being able to opt out of the algorithm?

  9. tomaS said on December 5, 2022 at 12:44 am
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    Service good but one bug kill all service beauty. Not fixing space kill bug when delete some shared files. Files kill space in proton services. 6 month bug still exist. Support not fixing… I create my email service with my free domain and web server on my 24/7 android tvbox with 32gb microsd. Simple and not cloud and bug…

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