Email spotlight series- #1 Tutanota

Encrypted Mailbox Engineered in Germany

Key features

  • Secure Email with No Ads
  • Everything is encrypted
  • Fully Anonymous Email
  • Perfect for businesses
  • Encrypted Calendar

Our new ShuttleCloud Spotlight series aims to bring attention to email providers who are innovating and striving to improve their user experience. In our first spotlight we spoke to Hanna Bozakov, the Press Officer of Tutanota.

1. How would you describe the mission of Tutanota as an email provider?

Tutanota was founded in 2011 with a very clear mission: Bring privacy to the world.

Every step we take as a company must stand up to this criterion: Are we protecting the privacy of our users? In the short run, this makes building a successful product more complex as we can’t take any short-cuts. The privacy and security of our users is paramount. This has led to tough development decisions such as building our own push notification system on Android instead of simply using Google Push.

In the long run, though, this strategy pays off. We are well respected as the best secure email service that focuses on privacy 100%, comes with zero tracking, and encrypts the most data. For example, Tutanota also encrypts subject lines and calendar event reminders – this high level of security is unrivaled by any of our competitors.

    2. When and where was Tutanota founded? 

The company behind Tutanota, the Tutao GmbH, was founded in 2011 in Hanover, Germany. We launched Tutanota early in 2014, shortly after the Snowden leaks. This was a big scandal at the time: The NSA snooping on US citizens. The interest in a more private and secure communication than mainstream services like Gmail or Outlook was – and still is – very high.

    3. When was the first email sent from Tutanota? 

The first email from one of our users was sent on our official release on March 24th, 2014. But of course, we did send emails with an alpha prototype much earlier than that. Encrypted email needs to be tested and verified before it can go public. You can’t build such a complex client as Tutanota in a matter of weeks.

    4. What is one unique thing about Tutanota?

What is unique about Tutanota is its unrivaled level of security.

From the start, we at Tutanota baked end-to-end encryption into the code. Tutanota was the world’s first end-to-end encrypted email provider and, to this day, it is the email service that encrypts more data than any other.

Here’s everything that Tutanota encrypts:

    • Emails, including subject lines and attachments

    • Calendar entries, even metadata such as who is attending

    • Entire address book, not just parts of the contacts

Basically, all data in Tutanota is secure and kept hidden from prying eyes. The only data that is not encrypted is when you send a normal email, one without end-to-end encryption, to another email provider. But in that case, it is obvious that the data can not be end-to-end encrypted and people aware of the need for privacy would not send a sensitive email unencrypted.

 5. What’s next for Tutanota?

We’ve just released offline support, which was a huge step, particularly as Tutanota does not support IMAP so you can’t download your emails into a local mail client. The reason for this, again, is security: If we allowed IMAP, then the data would not be encrypted locally on your device. But as we at Tutanota promise security, we must make sure that the data is always secured – no matter where the user stores it.

Offline support fixes this: Now users can store their emails, calendars, and contacts locally on their devices in the Tutanota clients, and all data there is still encrypted.

The next big feature that we want to release is post-quantum secure encryption. This way, we will make sure that all data in Tutanota stays secure even if quantum computers – that will be able to break currently used encryption – become a reality.

Tutanota has made absolutely no compromises in their approach to security—something we have huge respect for here at ShuttleCloud. Join us next time on ShuttleCloud Spotlights to learn more about the innovators of the email world!

What is an email client?

To put it simply, an email client is a piece of software used to access emails found on an email server. An email service such as Gmail or Outlook hosts your emails, and the email client is the way you actually access them. While they all serve the same core purpose, every email client is different, with its own advantages and disadvantages.

What is the best email client?

Receiving and sending emails is something that we do every day, and most people use one of the most popular options. These can be either desktop or app-based such as IOS email and Microsoft Outlook, or web-based such as Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook

But there are many more options out there! In the last couple of years, there has been an increase in the number of email clients available, some offering exciting new features that have made them very successful.

What email client alternatives are there?

Zoom 

Zoom email was introduced in November 2022 and is still in beta testing. Zoom focuses on offering an all-in-one service without having to use multiple applications while working—reducing the time spent transferring between apps and keeping everything more organized. 

It allows users to connect their Gmail and Microsoft accounts, synchronizing all emails and calendars in one place—all without having to switch apps to make Zoom video calls.

Spark 

Spark claims to be the “smart, focused” email client. It has 14 million users worldwide and was recognized as Editor’s Choice on the Apple app store. Their main feature is a Smart Inbox that prioritizes important emails into their own folder. One special feature spark offers is a gatekeeper that allows you to accept or reject incoming emails based on their sender. Users can also highlight priority senders for easy access to their emails.

Collaboration is another key benefit of Spark—it allows teams to have a shared inbox and drafts can be composed in real-time by several team members. Specific emails and threads can be shared with specific team members, and you can create email templates to be used by the entire team.

Shift 

Shift is a ‘workstation’ service that includes an email client, along with a web browser and other integrations. It seeks to allow you to work entirely from one platform, eliminating the need to switch between different platforms. It can integrate with multiple Gmail and Microsoft accounts as well as Slack, Trello, Evernote or even Spotify. The simple design makes it easy to use and personalize. It even includes a secure password storage service.

eM client 

eM client claims to boost your productivity and break you out of your email routing. It boasts a number of workflow-enhancing tools such as message encryption with PGP encryption, a reply-watcher to notify you of specific replies, automatic message translation, a quick text feature to help you compose emails faster, email snoozing, and more.  It is compatible with Gmail, iCloud, Microsoft 365, SmarterMail, Mailfence, and MDaemon.

Spike 

Transforming email to a workspace is the main focus of Spike, offering features that increase team productivity. It seeks to transform email into a live-chat format, making it more conversational and taking away the clutter of traditional email. Collaborative online notes and tasks allow users to take notes as well as create tasks and to-do lists on the app—allowing easy access for different devices and users. It also offers group chats and a calendar feature. 

Thunderbird

Making email easy is the promise of Thunderbird. The setup is super simple, using a mail account setup wizard, allowing installation without needing to know your STMP, IMAP, or other certificates. Thunderbird offers a fast way to add new contacts to your lists as well as setting contacts into different lists to keep data organized. One key feature is the tab system which allows you to switch between different emails much like you would in a browser—in fact, Thunderbird is created by the Mozilla Foundation, which also created Firefox.

Which email client is the best for me?

Smaller email clients have evolved significantly, adding value to their platforms in the form of new features. They’ve switched their focus to simplicity and productivity, creating some real competition for the bigger clients. When it comes to choosing the best email client for you, you should focus on the specific features they each offer, and decide based on what works best for your workflow!

Email Meter: ShuttleCloud also offers email analytics

Today I’d like to introduce you to another part of ShuttleCloud: Email Meter. As experts in both email and data, we know the value that email statistics hold. Knowing your email volume, response times or top interactions can tell you so much about your business or personal productivity, especially if most of your work passes through your inbox.

How does Email Meter work? 

By connecting to your inbox, Email Meter gives you a wide range of metrics and insights. The dashboard includes charts and other visualizations to help you easily interpret your data. These insights are generated using the email headers, which includes the email sender, recipients, sent/receipt time, date, and other information. Email Meter cannot access any information beyond these headers such as the actual text body of the email or any attachments, giving you complete security.

Email Meter is perfect for different use cases:

Individuals 

For single users, Email Meter is perfect for analyzing their personal productivity and workload. It helps you to understand your inbox, so you can organize it better and concentrate on the emails that are actually important. The free version can be instantly set up, simply by logging in here. This gives you monthly and weekly reports with a full dashboard of metrics. There is a Pro version which adds filtering, 2 years of historical data, and raw data exports.

Teams 

For teams of 2-20, Email Meter Teams provides a full team dashboard. You can see all of your team members from one dashboard, or generate full reports for any specific team member (or combination of team members. It’s great for understanding who in your team is dealing with the most workload, responding slowly, or not communicating as much as they should. You can set up your team quickly and easily here.

Enterprises 

For larger teams with more advanced needs, Email Meter Enterprise is the best solution. With fully customizable dashboards, you’re able to expand beyond the metrics offered by Pro and Teams. Track thread length to understand your team’s efficiency in solving problems, monitor specific SLAs to track response time expectations, or have entirely new metrics created just for you. As an Enterprise customer, you’ll also receive a personalized onboarding experience and a dedicated Customer Success manager.

Email Meter Pricing 

  • Free: Individual metrics on a monthly and weekly basis are completely free, and will be forever. A free 7-day trial of Pro and Teams is included when you sign up.
  • Pro: 15$/month yearly payment ($180) or $19/month. Unlocks filtering, 2 years of past data and other advanced features.
  • Teams: 15$/user/month yearly ($180) or $19/user/month. An extension of Pro, adds the ability to see your whole team from a central dashboard, and generate full reports for any combination of team members.
  • Enterprise: Pricing dependent on needs. Unlocks the most powerful features, generally recommended for teams of 15+ members. Completely custom dashboards and metrics can be created for you upon request.

If this sounds like something you or your team could benefit from, you can sign up for free here. If you’d like a full demo to explore which solution is the best fit for your business, you can request a demo here.

Email Migration And Email Forwarding: Do You Know The Difference?

Imagine the following scenario: You’ve just graduated from college and have entered the workforce. Finally, it’s time for a real paycheck—congratulations! You’ve also been given a shiny new work email address. Neat, right? But there’s a problem…

You still receive emails you’re interested in to your old college email address, and you want to receive these same emails to your personal email instead. You could keep checking your college email, but no one wants to juggle three inboxes!

What’s the solution? There are two options here—email forwarding and email migration. But what’s the difference?

Email Forwarding

Email forwarding allows you to automatically resend all emails received from one inbox, to another inbox. In our example, you could set up email forwarding on your college email, and then any email you receive will automatically be forwarded to your personal email.

This is simple to set up in most email clients, and is the quickest solution for a temporary fix. You can find instructions for Gmail and Comcast here:

How to set up forwarding in Gmail

How to set up forwarding in Comcast

But why is this not ideal in the long term? Let’s jump back into our example. You’ve been at your new job for a few years now, and your emails from old classmates have all dried up. Nothing else is being forwarded of any value. It’s time to shut it down, but you don’t want to lose all your old love letters and gossip from your golden college years! How can you keep everything? Email migration time!

Email Migration

When the time has come to move from one email address to another permanently, email migration is the way forward. It allows you to transfer all of your emails, including any attachments, from one inbox to another. You also get all your contacts!

Whether your story is just like our example and you need to transfer a single inbox, or you’re a business owner looking to migrate thousands of inboxes, we’ve got a migration solution for you.

I want to migrate a single inbox

ShuttleCloud powers the migration process for the biggest email providers in the world, including Gmail and Comcast. You can migrate from any provider to another, or within the same provider. The steps for each provider will vary, but here are some instructions for the main ones:

Gmail migration instructions

Xfinity for Comcast migration instructions

I need migration services for my business

For large-scale migrations, ShuttleCloud offers two options. The best for you will depend on how you’re looking to offer this migration service to your customers/users.

1. Migration using the ShuttleCloud API

Technical jargon aside, using our API is basically a way for your users to access migration services from within your own platform. You’ll need your engineers to build some framework around this, but it offers you complete flexibility in how everything looks. For example, this is how we offer migration services to Gmail—we do the raw work in the background, and they make it look pretty and offer a seamless experience to their users.

2. Using a Shuttlecloud migration portal

If you want a ready-to-use solution with minimal engineering involvement on your side, a ShuttleCloud hosted portal is the way to go. Our team of engineers and designers will build a portal to your exact specifications, allowing you to offer your users the exact experience you have in mind. As you don’t need a lot of technical work on your side, it’ll free up your engineering team’s valuable time, while still delivering a customized solution. We’ve covered how we’ve designed and built these portals in detail here.

Which solution is best for me?

Whether you’re migrating your old college inbox, or need a powerful portal to move thousands of inboxes daily, Shuttlecloud is here to help. We’re here anytime to discuss your needs and find the best solution for you and your users—get in touch with us here to learn more!

Keeping a Global Team Together: ShuttleCloud’s Formula for Success!

At ShuttleCloud we are a team spanning all over the world; Three continents, over 9 countries, and four different time zones. Working with such a widespread team brings us some great benefits, but it definitely comes with challenges! 

What’s good about a remote team?

We love our Madrid HQ (check out our virtual tour— it’s a really cool office) as much as we love the freedom of remote work. By hiring remotely, we get to work with some amazing talent from all over the world without being bound by geography. We get to do great work with really cool people whilst learning about each other’s cultures and lifestyles.

What are the challenges of a remote team?

To succeed as a remote-friendly company, you need great communication between all teams and a solid organization. Some people may be finishing their day while others are just beginning theirs, which involves a big challenge to keep everyone on the same page. For many businesses, adapting to a remote-friendly culture is challenging but we have found the formula that works for us. How do we make all of this work? Well, it simply is all based on good team communication and organization with the correct use of online tools.

How does ShuttleCloud work, and how do we tackle challenges?

We have several teams at ShuttleCloud: Marketing, Sales, and Engineering and each one has a different way of keeping track of their assignments. Each year we start with a company (yes, the entire company!) meeting in January. We follow EOS (Entrepreneur Organizational System), and set goals for each quarter and the whole year (known as Rocks in EOS). Every quarter, each team meets to check and evaluate its progress to make improvements for the next quarter. Every week, each team meets in a ‘Level 10’ meeting, where we share good news and discuss any challenges we’re facing as well as updates on what we have been working on. The Engineering team also has daily 15-minute standups to keep each other updated on what the members are planning for the day.

What tools do we use to communicate?

To keep the team united and in contact, we use lots of different tools. These help us to stay productive and allow us to work effectively across so many different time zones. The main tools we use are:

Email 

ShuttleCloud exists thanks to email, so it’s no surprise that we use it a lot! For us, all important communication goes through email (both internal and external), including document signings, and important external communications.

Slack

Slack is our primary source of communication amongst team members, using different channels for each team and private messages.  Some may have two or four channels but others might have more than twenty!   We mostly communicate about work, but it is normal to get a message at random hours with fun facts, jokes, or interesting news in channels specific to those Slack messages. We even have a specific channel about games in which we usually share our daily Wordle results. Slack makes our internal communication super easy and helps us stay organized and connected.

ShuttleCloud Slack Channels

Google Drive 

Google Drive is another important tool for us. When you’re divided across different time zones and need to work asynchronously, you need to be able to share and work on documents at different times. We also use it to store important documents that can easily be shared and used by other team members.

Without a doubt, remote teamwork can be difficult to manage and even more difficult to communicate with. But with these tools mentioned, at ShuttleCloud we have found the formula that works for us, which allows us to be organized, productive, and communicate with each other without trouble. 

We look forward to welcoming more recruits from other parts of the world. Because we love being a team from all over the place! 🌍

What do we know about email?

At ShuttleCloud most of us are email geeks. We live and breathe it. We’ve migrated a bucket load of them for starters (over 50 trillion!). Life would be much different if Ray Tomlinson hadn’t invented them 50 odd years ago.

Ray Tomlinson, Inventor of electronic mail

Here’s some more facts about our electronic companion. Let us know if we’ve missed any. We’d love to hear more!

  • The first email address was tomlinson@bbn-tenexa
  • The first free email providers were  AOL, Hotmail, and Yahoo (and they are now still in the top 10)
  • In 1991 the email reached space by sending its first email by the STS-43 Atlantis crew
  • In 2021, 319.6  billion emails were sent per day
  • There are over 5.5 billion email accounts around the world
  • The average person opens their inbox about 15 times per day
  • The estimated amount of emails sent in a work environment is 100 per day 
  • Each second there 3.1 million emails are sent 
  • Gmail is the largest email provider with more than 1 billion accounts 

Who knows how email will evolve and where it will take us!? But it’ll surely be a big part of our lives for years to come. We hope!

Partnership agreement StartMail and ShuttleCloud

ShuttleCloud and StartMail have agreed to partner to provide users with a simple way to migrate email and contacts onto the StartMail interface. Users’ email data is ready in their new inbox in just a few clicks allowing for a quick and smooth onboarding experience.

StartMail migration portal powered by ShuttleCloud

StartMail Is a private email provider you can trust – Built by the founders of Startpage – the world’s most private search engine. StartMail is on a mission to empower people to take back their online privacy. To learn about StartMail, visit: https://www.startmail.com/en/about-us/

ShuttleCloud Is a software platform that powers consumer email migration and address book import for some of the biggest technology companies in the world, including Google, Yahoo, and Comcast. ShuttleCloud’s APIs and platforms are used by hundreds of thousands of people each month.

Robert Beens, CEO of StartMail:

“The online world is increasingly turning to privacy-respecting e-mail providers, but no-one wants to start from scratch. Migrating your old email and contacts is an essential step. The genius people of ShuttleCloud have turned this into a super-easy experience, facilitating freedom of choice, and unlocking the chains of legacy Big Tech companies.”

Angel Mendoza, CEO of ShuttleCloud:

“As more email users trend towards confidentiality and security-focused email providers, we are proud to have the trust of StartMail to onboard customer data to one of the world’s leading and longest-running companies in their field. We are thrilled to play a role in their users taking back their online privacy.”

What Makes Us Unique?

We’re a team of around 35 people working together to migrate emails and contacts in the most efficient ways to fit with our clients’ needs.

Email migration is our thing. It’s the reason why ShuttleCloud exists. And we’re proud to have these 4 attributes. The reasons people stand by us:

1. Know How

ShuttleCloud was born in 2011 and since then we’ve been growing and gathering the know-how that makes our company successful. Moving one inbox is easy – moving tens of thousands every day is complex. We just transferred our 50 trillionth email 🙂 Hooray!

2. Trust

We are verified yearly by Google, with a rigorous audit conducted by a third party. We are also ISO 27001 certified, and have developed an ISMS adequate to SOC 2 Type 2 standards. By having these reviews yearly, we assure security and stability on all our processes.

3. Best in world consumer email migrations

Google, Yahoo, Comcast, Time-Warner Cable, One.com, Harvard and many of the biggest email companies in the world have used our products for over a decade.

4. Volume

Our platform migrates 30 million emails and 3 million contacts on average per day. There is no substitute for working with this type of volume across a decade.

This is the magic sauce, what makes us—>ShuttleCloud.

Welcome to ShuttleCloud

We believe an office isn’t just an area to work. It’s a place to learn, teach and share ideas. At times it’s a restaurant and at times it’s somewhere to play games (once the work is done 😉). We even launched a rocket and turned the place into a film studio.

Game night

The most popular spot is the outside Patio where we have mastered the art of BBQing. And inside we’ve had many ‘Gather Ups’ and social events; including wine and coffee tasting.

As you’ll see in this ‘Office Tour’ Bytes episode. We have lots of space to do stuff. We’ve shared many great memories in this ‘building’. We’re always proud to show people around. And dogs love it here too!

Dogs in the ShuttleCloud Office

ShuttleCloud is a community of amazing people. We love to spend time together and have fun. Maybe you can join us one day!

Enjoy the tour!

The design behind ShuttleCloud’s migration portals

We are proud of our portals. They allow the end-user to migrate their emails and contacts from one provider to another quickly and efficiently.

On the outside they seem simple and pain-free. And Ultimately, that’s our goal. But there’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to make this possible.

Why do we need a migration portal?

ShuttleCloud works with the world’s biggest email providers. Our migration platform makes it possible to migrate 30 million emails and more than 3 million contacts each day.

It works by integrating our clients’ technology with their user interface, However, integrations are long and tedious, they require customization and massive workforce from engineering.

So, our goal was to design a migration portal that would allow adaptation to each client’s aesthetic brand guidelines avoiding customization, as well as maintaining a controlled user journey.

We also wanted to create a straightforward prototype that would help our prospective leads understand how to use our tool.

Low fidelity wireframes

Before setting any design decisions in stone, we tested the portal’s flow through wireframes. After reiterating a few times, we delivered two versions that were ready for early usability testing.

Here we were testing the user experience with Ryan, who had never seen the portal before.

Analytics data

​Qualitative research, i.e. usability testing sessions, allowed us to identify potential usability issues early, which made it quick to fix them before a single line of code was written. 

High fidelity wireframes

After validating our design assumptions, it was time to proceed with the high fidelity wireframes and refine and polish the designs until their completion. This process involved both designing for mobile and desktop devices.

The ​​​Design system

We first created a design system with ShuttleCloud branding: components, palette color, font, buttons, etc. Then, we went through a thorough examination of font readability and color contrast. Finally, we delivered a coding-ready design that standardizes the graphical interface of the service. It was documented in a User Interface style guide.

Design Versatility

To achieve design versatility we created a design guide of easily modifiable components and styles. This system allowed experimenting with color schemes, typography, and styles to see what looked best. Making changes to the design was fast and efficient. But most importantly, it helped us quickly adapt to a different brand aesthetic, so that we could reach new leads with a migration portal that was ready to implement.

If you would like to put our portal to the test, get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.