ProtonMail has unveiled its newest initiative to make its encrypted electronic mail providers available to the lots, with the quiet rollout of a brand new Professional subscription tier geared toward companies.
The Swiss startup was based out of CERN in 2013 and after a interval in beta launched its service globally last March, with the promise of client-side encryption for all. Since then, it has been turbocharging its service with two-factor authentication (2FA) and Tor support. As of June of this yr, ProtonMail additionally offers its very own virtual private network (VPN) service.
To date, ProtonMail has provided a free tier with limitations similar to simply 500MB of storage, whereas the Plus and Visionary plans — as much as $5 and $30 a month respectively — supply additional options, similar to extra storage, further electronic mail addresses, and customized domains. With the brand new Skilled tier, ProtonMail has now tailor-made its pricing and have set particularly with companies in thoughts.
On the floor, there isn’t quite a lot of distinction between Skilled and Visionary when it comes to options — they every supply customized domains, limitless folders, labels, electronic mail filters, autoresponder, and extra. However digging down into the details reveals some notable new instruments.
Fairly than counting on staff to arrange their very own electronic mail addresses, ProtonMail Skilled lets corporations arrange particular person user accounts for anybody within the firm via a central hub that’s managed by assigned directors. From inside this hub, admins can create and delete accounts, reset passwords, re-allocate space for storing, and extra.
This, in line with the corporate, has been an oft-requested function. “ProtonMail Professional brings with it a much demanded feature that a lot of people from the ProtonMail community have been asking for since the very beginning,” the corporate stated in a blog post.
It’s worth noting that many corporations could also be reluctant to ditch their current electronic mail subscriptions with the likes of Google because of the myriad further providers they get pleasure from — similar to shared calendars and cloud productiveness instruments, and the truth that G Suite only prices between $5 and $25 per user monthly for the whole lot. ProtonMail Skilled prices $eight / user monthly when billed month-to-month, or $6.25 / user monthly when paid yearly. However with privateness a rising concern within the enterprise realm, some corporations might contemplate making the change.
Then there’s the difficulty of knowledge migration. Firms will in all probability need to shift all their current electronic mail information over to ProtonMail, however the service doesn’t but supply the instruments to allow this migration, so organizations must fend for themselves on that entrance for now. ProtonMail does say that it’s trying to launch migration instruments someday in 2018.