38 new features and improvements for Proton Mail and Calendar

In recent months, we’ve brought a lot of big additions to the Proton ecosystem, such as Proton VPN for Business(new window), Proton Sentinel(new window), Password Sharing(new window) in Proton Pass, and Proton Drive photo backups in beta. By comparison, we haven’t said a lot about Proton Mail and Proton Calendar, but that doesn’t mean we’ve been idle or moved our focus away from Proton’s main services. 

Instead, over the past three months, we intentionally took a different strategy for Mail and Calendar. Rather than focusing on big ticket items, we compiled a list of requests from Proton community members on how Proton Mail can make your life easier. This involved aggregating statistics from Reddit, Twitter, and UserVoice, and also analyzing data from over 100,000 support tickets dating back several years. Then we began diligently working through the list.

Why focus on small improvements rather than attention-grabbing launches? Because ever since our 2014 community crowdfunding campaign, Proton has been community supported. We don’t make money through ads and we have no venture capital investors, so you, the community, are the only people we answer to. This list reflects that as it is composed entirely of your feedback.

Today we’ve reached the milestone of 75% completion of our list, and we would like to share with you some highlights of what we’ve implemented, as well as a glimpse of what we’ll tackle next.

Completed in Proton Mail

  • Quickly find attachments with the “has file” filter, and preview them right from the message list.
  • The new Proton Mail app for Android is now in beta(new window), totally rebuilt for stability and reliability.
  • Get a clearer view of your inbox with spam and trash emails no longer included in the All Mail folder.
  • Block senders in the iOS app to stop them from ever again reaching your inbox.
  • Rearrange sidebar folders, so you can keep only what’s important to you.
  • Skim through your inbox and identify updates from your favorite senders by seeing their image from your inbox on iOS.
  • Search message content, now available for everyone on the web.
  • You’re protected from tracking links, preventing companies from following what you do online.
  • Turn on or off the automatic deletion of trash and spam messages after 30 days on iOS.
  • View your unread messages count right from your browser tab icon.
  • Apply strikethrough formatting in the email composer.
  • Switch to our latest additional languages: Finnish, Hindi, and Swedish.
  • Enjoy more visual space for email content in the web app.
  • Improved accessibility with new high-contrast themes, fonts, and font sizes.
  • Upload large inline images into the composer more quickly.
  • Click email list item checkboxes more easily with a larger click surface.
  • Drop attachments into the composer more easily on the web app.
  • Access important email actions using hotkeys (⌘+K / Ctrl+K).
  • Schedule messages to send up to three months in advance.
  • Get up and running in no time with Proton Mail Bridge thanks to an easier setup wizard, and automatic profile configuration on MacOS.
  • Scroll down automatically when entering many recipients in the email composer.
  • Get easier access to hide-my-email aliases from the Proton Mail settings.
  • Load emails with many images more quickly.
  • Use Proton Mail in landscape mode on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Add a first and last name to your contacts.
  • Enable message content search with a single click if a search result is empty.
  • Export your messages with the new Proton Mail export tool.

We also implemented many additional stability and performance improvements.

Completed in Proton Calendar

  • Search your calendar with end-to-end encryption.
  • Get faster loading speeds when using the web app and exporting calendars.
  • Quickly see addresses of events’ participants, copy them, and create or view linked contacts.
  • See public holidays in Proton Calendar.
  • Accept external calendar invitations that were forwarded to you.
  • Enjoy an improved app layout and increased space for calendar events.
  • Accept and add calendar invitations even if the organizer field in the ICS file is empty.
  • Import events even if the alarm components have an invalid duration.
  • Interact with contacts in the side panel while creating an event in your calendar.
  • Load events up to three times faster and navigate the mini calendar up to eight times faster thanks to significant performance breakthroughs for iOS.
  • Delete calendars from the iOS app.

We also added many minor quality updates and bug fixes. 

What’s about to be released before the end of the year

Our work doesn’t stop here. We have many improvements and requests to tackle, and we’re excited to share them with you in more detail when we publish our 2024 Roadmap.

In the meantime, here’s a sample of what we’re about to release:

Proton Mail

  • Snooze emails to be notified later.
  • Display more than 50 conversations per page.
  • Navigate between emails with swipe gestures on iOS.
  • Select all emails on a page on iOS.
  • Preview attachments right from the message list on iOS.

Proton Calendar

  • Send invitations on iOS, which is crucial for many.
  • Get a better overview of your events with month view on iOS.

We also plan to release many additional highly requested features in the next couple of weeks.

Didn’t see your request on the list? 

If you requested a feature you didn’t see addressed in this article or you have ideas to share with us, we want to hear from you. You can let us know on Reddit(new window), Twitter(new window), UserVoice(new window), or by reporting an issue in your app(new window). You can also contact our customer support team directly via our support form(new window). The more people who request a feature, the higher we will prioritize it.

Keep an eye on our blog or follow our social media channels to stay up to date on new releases. Next month, we’ll publish a more in-depth announcement about our 2024 road map, so stay tuned. Thank you for your support.

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