CloudMagic, the company behind the fairly popular Newton Mail app, has announced that it will close the service on September 25. The company calls it a "tough business decision" rather than a buyout or acquisition. CloudMagic offers partial refunds to those who have paid for Newton Mail. The app is available for all popular platforms such as Android, iOS, MacOS and Windows. It was a cloud-based mail service that makes it easier to track, sort, and remember your emails. Many people resorted to Newton because it had many more features than Microsoft, Apple and Google had offered to its users, although it was still quite difficult for Newton to compete with them because those offers were free.
Newton's shutdown date is September 25, which is just over a month away, and to prepare for shutdown, Newton will no longer make any new signups for the service. Monthly subscriptions will no longer be renewed, and those who have an annual subscription will receive a partial refund, depending on when their subscription is running. Newton says the partial refunds will be announced by September 18, so expect an email about a week before Newton officially shuts down. CloudMagic works with both Apple and Google to make these partial refunds, as users pay via the Apple App Store or Google Play Store via in-app purchases.
Newton was a paid email app, but a pretty popular app It had won over 40,000 paid subscribers over the five years that it has existed. It did not start making subscriptions until 2016, so Newton actually had more than four million users, combined by its free service and its premium service. That's no small feat, and CloudMagic's CEO, Rohit Nadhani, said in the blog post today: "We want to say a big THANK YOU to all of our users." Without these users, Newton would not have been here for so long. But financially, Newton could not stick with it, so CloudMagic shuts it down.