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Development, development, development, or why we love working on Tutanota.

Development takes time, but every release lets us celebrate.

2021-10-8
At Tutanota, every member of our development team is very passionate about privacy, security and open source. We work on Tutanota not just because it is a job, but because it is very fulfilling to have a job with a meaning: We work on a product that enables everyone to protect their private data and with every new user who joins Tutanota, we feel like this is another tiny victory against surveillance capitalism.

We understand that we still have a long way to go until we can fully match the product of surveillance capitalists such as Google or Microsoft, but our development progress in recent years has made great leaps so that we are ready to scale Tutanota to new levels!

Achieved milestones

For a detailed list of all the features that we have implemented, please check our feature list. For an up to date information on what we are currently working, please take a look at the first features listed on our roadmap.

How we work

Whether your are interested in joining our team of freedom fighters or whether you are a user of Tutanota interested in our development progress, we would like to quickly explain how we work.

At Tutanota we develop in pairs. Paired programming has the great benefit of creating a better product as two people can better discuss and optimize the code not just for an individual feature, but also in relation to the whole product and potential future use cases. Developing in pairs also increases the probability that bugs get noticed and fixed right away.

New features

We constantly add new features according to our roadmap. A more detailed overview of what features we have recently completed and what bugs we have recently fixed can be found in our GitHub releases. You can also take a look at the next milestones, to learn what we are currently working on. In addition to what is visible on GitHub, we also need to develop the corresponding server part for all client features.

In case you would like to join our efforts in improving Tutanota, best check our good first issues.

Maintenance: Treading the water

Apart from adding new features visible to everyone on GitHub, we are also working on lots of other tasks, such as updating dependencies, continuous improvement of spam handling, increasing and maintaining our own servers and test system as well as conducting regular security reviews.

At Tutanota we focus on developing the most secure email and calendar service. This includes that we need to carefully add new features to Tutanota making sure that our high standards in regards to quality and security are met at all times.

One of our users has given us the greatest feedback any developer could ever wish for:

"I know that I have noticed a stark improvement in quality since the DDOS attacks. It has taken time, yes, but it is always getting better."

Yes, it takes time to develop a quality product that remains scalable, particularly when more and more features get added, but we are committed to building the best secure email and calendar service out there.

Future growth

Since our launch in 2014, Tutanota has been growing continuously. This is very good news, not just for us, but for the privacy community as a whole. Together we continue to fight for privacy and freedom of speech.

Along with our growing community, we also grow our team of developers. This allows us to continuously speed up development!

And while we do not publish ETAs (estimated time of arrival) of new features, we are always happy to hear your feedback as it helps us to decide on what features we should prioritize. Thank you very much for being part of our community.

The team behind your open source email alternative.
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