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This article was published on August 17, 2017

Newton arrives on Windows to help clear your inbox

Newton arrives on Windows to help clear your inbox
Tristan Greene
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If you’ve ever thrown your arms up in despair over your email inbox Newton is the app for you. The company today released its popular email app on Windows, making it available for a large portion of the business world.

Newton tries to simplify everything about interacting with email, and it mostly succeeds. It has a tiny bit of a learning curve, but this is due to its departure from the standard web-clients most of us are used to. It certainly isn’t difficult to navigate:

This might look boring, but an empty inbox is the first step on the path to joy.

It feels like Newton is trying to make me forget it’s there, and that’s a good thing. The app is easy to navigate thanks to the minimalist design, so you can find the most interesting features right away. The ability to snooze emails, for as long as you want, is an excellent feature for people who receive a lot.

I’m also a huge fan of the sender profiles. Anyone who has to receive unsolicited emails will immediately benefit from this feature. Basically, clicking on the sender’s picture will open a card that has links to the sender’s LinkedIn and other relevant profiles.

My LinkedIn, Twitter, and other profiles aren’t linked to my TNW profile, otherwise they’d show up like they do in the next image


What makes it even more valuable is that you can turn the card over by clicking in the upper right corner and you get information on the company attached to the email account.


The Windows version doesn’t have any extra bells and whistles over the iOS, Mac, or Android versions, though the sheer speed of it makes it feel native which is a plus over browser-based solutions.

It’s not perfect though: the app is slower to grab emails from the server than a first-layer client. My Chrome browser gives me email notifications before the Newton app can (for my Gmail account).

That’s what you would expect, but with all the talk of speed it’s important to distinguish that clicking around within the app is butter-smooth, but it interacts with servers in the same “kinda-slow” way as most Windows apps.

If you’re in the market for another email app try it; Newton has a free trial and it’s quite literally the easiest email app I’ve ever set up. It was easier to sign up for than a new Gmail account. There’s no real reason not to give it a shot if you’re already frustrated with your current email app.

Well, there’s one reason: a lack of customization. You can change your signature, and just about everything concerning the nature of sending and receiving emails, but I couldn’t for-the-life-of-me figure out how to change the way the app looks. That’s probably not a big deal for most, but I’ve got a ocean-wave background for my Gmail in Chrome, and I missed it while I was using Newton.

If you’re somewhere between “I need more features than the app I use now” and “I’m a corporate email server power-user with custom folder-trees” I’d recommend giving Newton a shot on Windows.

You’ll need to have the Windows 10 Anniversary Update or later if you want to check it out.

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