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Why choose the Tutanota desktop clients?

Benefits of our desktop clients for Linux, Windows and macOS.

2022-03-28
Tutanota desktop clients for Linux, Windows and macOS.
The Tutanota desktop clients are amazing tools as they come with a lot of benefits compared to webmail access. Check here how our desktop clients for Linux, Windows and macOS can speed up and improve your workflow, particularly for business use.

Benefits of desktop clients

The Tutanota desktop clients can be downloaded form our website. Once installed, the clients enable you to better integrate Tutanota on your computer and speed up your workflow.

For help, please check our FAQ section on desktop clients.

List of benefits

  1. Push notifications for emails & calendar events
  2. Open files as attachments in Tutanota
  3. Use the system secret storage
  4. Spell checker for multiple languages
  5. Set Tutanota as default mail handler
  6. Automatic signature check upon client updates for best security
  7. Installation policy for business use

The desktop clients allow us to integrate deeper into the operating system so that we are able to achieve a better user experience. We focus on improving the Tutanota desktop clients also because Tutanota does not support IMAP - and that for a good reason.

Supporting IMAP is not an option for Tutanota as it would undermine our built-in encryption. As an encrypted email service that promises to always keep your data secure, we simply can not implement a feature that destroys this promise.

Technically, supporting IMAP for us would only possible if the emails were downloaded to your computer and stored there not encrypted. However, at Tutanota we promise that your data is always end-to-end encrypted, also on your own devices! So instead of supporting an insecure feature, we are focusing on improving our open source desktop clients.

Focus on improving desktop clients

The desktop clients let us access your encrypted mailbox and calendar.

In the past year alone, we have:

  • Conducted a security audit of all desktop clients
  • Added a spell checker for multiple languages
  • Integrated the clients deeper into the each OS
  • Open files as attachments in Tutanota (MAPI support for Windows)
  • Pushed the desktop clients out of beta
  • Added U2F support (hardware key)

And what makes us even more excited: We are currently working on offline mode so that soon you can access your encrypted Tutanota mailbox and calendar even when you do not have access to the internet!

OS integration for Windows

One great example of the superiority of the desktop clients compared to webmail access is the deep integration that we have achieved on Windows. The seamless OS integration makes using Tutanota even easier and more convenient.

For example, you can directly attach files to a new email, even when Tutanota is not running presently, via the context menu of a file -> Send to... -> Email recipient.

In various programs you can use the "Send document as mail" function and attach the currently opened file to a new email. Examples are

  • LibreOffice under File -> Send -> As e-mail
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office

Another big plus is that business software often uses this feature to send invoices and similar files directly from the application to the email client. For instance, you can now use the Tutanota desktop client to directly send invoices from the business tool SAGE50 via email.

Best solution: desktop clients

To sum it up, our desktop clients for Windows, Linux and macOS make using Tutanota

  • more convenient,
  • more secure,
  • and easier to use.

The clue with Tutanota is that all data is always encrypted, even when stored locally in the desktop client. The smart search feature creates an encrypted search index to be searched locally on your client. This way, we make sure that our servers do not see any of your data or any of your search queries. Tutanota is the only email service with this combination of usability and security.

If you haven't already, it is time to install the Tutanota desktop client now. The desktop client makes sure that your data is always secured to the maximum.

In case you do not use Tutanota, yet, sign up for your new mail account now.

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