Newton Challenges Windows Desktop Email Systems

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Regular readers will know I am a huge fan of Newton email for Android app which came out of the much-lauded CloudMagic email package.  I found it, and still find it, quite staggering the amount of power the developers have managed to squeeze into an Android app. It has, without a shadow of a doubt, as much oomph as any desktop email – and probably more some.

Newton was available on IOS and Mac as well as Android and it was a matter of time before rumours of a Windows desktop version began to circulate. Eventually, a beta version leaked my way and I was a little underwhelmed, to say the least. However, the fully fledged Windows 10 version is now available and I must confess it is a totally different beast to the early betas.

Newton Interface

Let’s get the Newton for Windows interface out of the way first. To say that it is minimalist is a massive understatement.  Think of Outlook as a verdant rainforest then Newton resembles the surface of the moon, as the screenshot right illustrates. However, every function you need is contained in the horizontal lines on the top left, the flip[ out accounts window on the left, and the customisation details top right.

Think of Outlook as a verdant rainforest then Newton resembles the surface of the moon, as the screenshot right illustrates. However, every function you need is contained in the horizontal lines on the top left and the account details top right.

One of the great features of Newton, especially for us couch potato tech types, is that once you have created your email accounts within Newton, logging into your account on the Windows app populates all your accounts, folders etc; no having to create each one manually.

It’s compatible with all the email providers, too: Gmail, Exchange, Yahoo Mail, Outlook, iCloud, Google Apps, Office 365, and IMAP accounts all work with Newton.

Superchargers

One of the powerful tools I use widely on the Android app is the superchargers which allows you to link up with third-party services such as Evernote, Todoist, Pocket, Trello, Asana, etc. Superchargers also allow you to defer emails into a holding area for hours or even days, defer the time your email is sent (time it for 3 am so your boss is really impressed by your diligence!) and send you a reminder if one of your emails is not answered within a specific time.

Other bonuses are read receipts that notify you when your email arrives and is read regardless if the recipient has these turned off and the app will also provide a sender profile with a photograph, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn details etc.

Newton Pricing – Bite The Bullet

The early betas, I found a bit sluggish, but the authorised version is seriously fast.

All told, Newton for Windows is worth a look if you fancy yourself as a power user. OK, there is the contentious issue for some of the annual $50 fee. My feeling is that if an app gives you a really first-class service, you should be happy to reward the developers for their hard work.

After all, If you want a powerful email for all platform,s, Newton provides this and I have found the support first class, too.

 

 

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