Proton is introducing a desktop app for its encrypted cloud storage service Proton Drive. This will be available for Windows 10 and 11. Versions for macOS and Linux will follow later. Until now, the service was only available on desktops via web browsers, iOS and Android.
The Proton Drive app for Windows can be downloaded immediately, reports Proton CEO Andy Yen on Wednesday. The app allows users to easily upload their files to Proton Drive from their desktop or laptop. Among other things, it will be possible to automatically make backups of certain files.
The service will have the ability to sync files between multiple devices and support offline downloads. The service also has a version history feature, which allows users to download old versions of files. This should provide protection against ransomware. Files uploaded to Proton Drive are encrypted end-to-end.
Proton also starts with the beta version for macOS. This will initially be available to Proton Lifetime users. Proton Visionary subscribers will receive an invitation to that beta later. After the macOS version is available to everyone, the company will start developing a Linux app.
Proton Drive is available for free to anyone with a Proton email account, with a maximum cloud storage limit of 1GB. There are also plans that offer 200GB and 500GB of cloud storage space, which are available for 5 and 13 euros per month respectively. The 500GB plan also includes access to Proton VPN’s paid servers and Proton Mail, Calendar and Pass’ paid features.