Proton has released its 2022 roadmap to share its plans with users. It confirms that a ProtonMail desktop app is coming in the future.
The privacy-centric email service, has grown in popularity over the years, but lacked a proper standalone email client. It can be used either directly from your browser or as a PWA (Progressive Web APP) in Chromium based browsers or by using Proton Bridge in a third party program like Thunderbird or Outlook. Unfortunately, this feature is locked behind a paywall, making it an exclusive benefit for premium users. There is an open source, unofficial client called ElectronMail which allows you to access your inbox on your computer without the need for other apps or Bridge.
Proton desktop app for Windows, macOS and Linux
The official Proton desktop app for Windows, macOS and Linux will be based on Electron. The company states that the program is still in the early stages of development, which explains why it hasn’t released screenshots of the software. An ETA for the app’s release date was also not provided.
The free Proton Drive plan will be announced next week
Proton Drive is a secure cloud storage service that the company offers to its premium users. Although it debuted in late 2020, it is still in beta. According to the timetable published on his blog, a free plan for Proton Drive will be launched next week. the beta testing offers 500MB of free storage space, so it’s possible that the new plan will follow suit.
And just like the mail client, work is also in progress on a Proton Drive app for Windows, iOS and Android, which should be released later this year. A macOS client for Drive is also in development but is not expected to be read until late 2022. The Drive apps will also bring some improvements to the core user experience, such as: B. managing files and folders, viewing images, PDFs and more video clips directly, along with the ability to sync local files and folders to the cloud with the built-in end-to-end encryption the service is known for is.
ProtonVPN extension for Firefox and Chrome
The roadmap outlines plans for ProtonVPN, which will gain support for more services and offer servers in more countries, as well as faster BitTorrent support with port forwarding. Besides being compatible with WireGuard clients and routers, the company aims to reduce VPN detection and captchas on websites by offering better IP reputation. A ProtonVPN extension for Firefox and Chrome will be unveiled this year, which should be welcome news for those who rely on the website unblocking service.
The Switzerland-based company is also internally testing a Proton Calendar iOS app, which will be available as part of a limited beta test this spring.
The big question is, will the ProtonMail desktop app be available for users on the free tier? Hopefully it will be free while Proton Bridge will remain a premium feature for other programs. It could be an interesting way to onboard new users, especially since a single account can be used for Mail, VPN, Calendar, and Drive.
Do you prefer to access your email through a web browser or a standalone program?