Newton Mail Is Dead

Posted on August 7, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Cloud with 17 Comments

We have extensively covered Newton Mail in the past. It’s a solid email client that’s available on almost all modern platforms, including Windows 10, Android, macOS, iOS, and smartwatches. All of that is going away later this year, however.

CloudMagic, the makers of Newton, today announced that Newton Mail is being discontinued. The company is no longer allowing new users to purchase Newton Mail which costs $100 a year, and existing users will be provided with refunds. For those using the monthly subscription plan, it will immediately stop automatically renewing. And for those on the yearly subscription, you will be given a refund on a pro-rata basis.

“We explored various business models but couldn’t successfully figure out profitability & growth over the long term. It was hard; the market for premium consumer mail apps is not big enough, and it faces stiff competition from high-quality free apps from Google, Microsoft, and Apple,” said Rohit Nadhani, the founder and CEO of CloudMagic. All of that makes sense — when we have companies like Microsoft and Google making brilliant free email clients like Outlook Mobile and Inbox, there really is no space for paid apps like Newton on the market.

The app will officially shut down on September 25, 2018. If you are using Newton right now, you are probably better off switching to Outlook, Gmail, or something similar. I personally use Outlook Mobile on my iPhone and the default Mail app on Windows 10 — both of which get the work done just fine. As for Brad, who’s been using Newton for months, it’s going to be a hurtful transition.

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17 responses to “Newton Mail Is Dead”

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    gregsedwards

    You know what's probably never going to die? Outlook. Or Gmail. Or Yahoo! Mail (somehow, I don't claim to understand it). Seriously, use one of the big boys, and connect it to whatever email client you like. Spend that $100 per year on an Office 365 Home subscription. Outlook sucks a lot less when you actually pay for Office: get no ads on the web, complete integration with Outlook desktop/mobile/web, and calendar tools that check all the boxes. Seriously, it's fine. Plus, you get scads of OneDrive storage (1TB x up to 5 users). Do it.

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    GeekWithKids

    I liked Newton Mail but couldn't justify $50 a year, let a lone $100.


    I do wish there was an E-Mail client that synced account between installs and devices. I hate having to configure the 4 email accounts that I use regularly every time. Windows 8 mail did it, but windows 10 mail doesn't.


    On Android I use Nine, it does a good job with Outlook.com, and even links your calendars into the android system calendars so you can see them in other apps (Something I wish Outlook Mobile did).

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    roastedwookie

    No wonder..who on earth would continue to pay $100 a year for an email client?? LOL :)) ZERO reasons! I am glad they are DONE! I feel sorry for the ones who actually paid that much! Maybe next time, this CEO, will have more brains and a less short term/big profit hungry pocket.

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    wright_is

    Outlook Mobile is not brilliant. It is better than the built-in mail, calendar and contacts apps on Android, but not really that good, compared to the desktop version.

    Newton mail's problem is going for a subscription model for a piece of software. If I am already paying for the email service or using a free service, like GMX, Web.de, Outlook etc. then it has to offer some really excellent value-add, and a "lowly" email client isn't an excellent value-add for such a high annual fee. Outlook (desktop) used to cost less than $100 for a perpetual license!

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    Bats

    I have a question. WHO THE H**L would want to use this app? Seriously...this site covered it, "extensively?" Seriously, what't the point in Newton Mail? Who uses 3rd party apps these days anyway?

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    darkphoenix99

    $100 a year …. for a mail client? I should say its going away. I'm sure the suckers who paid for that (sorry Brad) will be devastated. Alternatively just pay me $100 a year and use Outlook, it should give you a pretty similar experience.

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      feedtheshark

      In reply to darkphoenix99:

      I've never used it, but I have to say if there were some advanced features that were indispensable to someone, then it would be worth the money to them.


      Google have devastated the software industry, nobody can charge for anything anymore, the only acceptable form of monetization is advertising. I'd rather pay for a good product than take something substandard with ads, but given how Google have risen and Microsoft sunk, obviously the "free" offer works for most people.

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    mmcpher

    Rats! Newton was never perfect (though it was priced as if it were) but it was my personal best choice to work with our Microsoft Exchange account on an Android phone. The homescreen widget displayed the number of unopened emails and it had a lot of truly premium features. IIRC, I was paying $49 annually for it, which was way, way more than Newton's rivals. Back to the damn drawing board. Newton also did a good job of handling large attachments. I was never crazy about the desktop versions of Newton, though. Any ideas as a best substitute? If it's dying, I want to move on immediately.

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    OhSoMuchFun

    Wow, that's bad news. I love Newton mail. It's worked great for me on a variety of screens, OS's and with multiple accounts. I'm going to miss it a lot.

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    gabbrunner

    Bloody hell. I cannot go back to Outlook. I'll especially miss True Inbox with the sent emails in it and the logical sorting of emails...

    As I never liked Gmail, what other options are there?


    I tried a collaborative email app called Missive a while ago and it looked good. Any opinions? Though of course after this debacle I'm not sure whether to try any other startups anymore… I mean they did everything right, design-wise. If that isn't good enough, what can be done?

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      ivarh

      In reply to gabbrunner:

      I have moved to fastmail.com. It is a pais mail hosting service that runs a proper imap server unlike google and also does not make their money by analysing your mails. They have their own mail app as well on android and ios that is decent.

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    Waethorn

    I had a look at this headline and the first thing that came to mind was:


    "WTF is NewtonMail?"

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    brisonharvey

    So many tears...I just switched back after Initially moving from Outlook. Don't make me go back...

    I will miss the Tidy Inbox (which replaced by SaneBox subscription), quick and easy shortcuts for manipulating mail (archive, move to folder, etc.), and most of all Read Receipts that really worked.

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    generalprotectionfault

    Always sad to see a quality effort in the software world end up this way.

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