Proton Mail, the end-to-end encrypted (E2EE) e-mail service from Swiss firm Proton, is now formally obtainable by way of a devoted desktop app some three months after debuting in beta.

Nonetheless, regardless of earlier claims that the consumer can be obtainable to all Proton Mail customers in early 2024, the corporate has determined to limit it to paying customers.

“After a extremely optimistic response through the beta section, we’ve determined to maintain the desktop app unique to premium subscribers to make sure one of the best service high quality, given the numerous infrastructure and upkeep calls for,” a spokesperson defined to For Millionaires.

Proton Mail desktop app

Proton Mail desktop app Picture Credit: Proton

In associated information, Proton can also be making its e-mail service obtainable by way of a standalone Linux desktop app, launching immediately in beta.

It’s value noting that whereas Proton Mail has been obtainable to desktop customers from the corporate’s inception, initially by means of the browser and extra not too long ago a “bridge” which opened up entry to Proton Mail by means of third-party desktop shoppers comparable to Apple Mail and Outlook, immediately’s information brings a devoted Home windows and MacOS app to the fray. Which means emails might be cached and accessed when offline, whereas customers can funnel into Proton Mail straight from the MacOS dock or Home windows Begin menu.

Furthermore, the brand new app additionally bundles entry to Proton’s encrypted Calendar service.

Proton Mail for Desktop with Calendar

Proton Mail for Desktop with Calendar Picture Credit: Proton

Present me the cash

From Proton’s perspective, maintaining the Proton Mail desktop app again behind a paywall might be a great way to incentivize premium signups, as it’s the type of product that many individuals worth of their day-to-day lives and can be prepared to pay for.

Nonetheless, the corporate beforehand said that the consumer would “steadily be made obtainable to all customers, together with free,” and it’s this backtrack that will trigger slightly consternation in its group.

As a substitute, everybody will be capable to attempt the app out as a part of a 14-day free trial, after which they should signal as much as one of many firm’s premium plans that prices between €8 and €13 monthly, relying on how lengthy they’re prepared to decide to. These plans additionally unlock all of the restrictions on Proton’s different merchandise, which incorporates cloud storage, a VPN, and password administration.

That’s to not say that Proton isn’t open to altering its thoughts, relying on the “suggestions” it receives within the wake of immediately’s announcement.

“We stay open to broadening entry sooner or later, although we do not need any particular plans to take action within the brief time period,” the Proton spokesperson stated. “We’re dedicated to constantly evaluating our choices primarily based on our customers’ suggestions and desires.”