Proton Docs / collaboration suite (folders and docs similar to GoogleDocs)
Proton mail needs some collaborative word processor and spreadsheet in a drive where people can securely work on it but only the person who owns the files can keep them and no one can download them or copy them.
Maybe start with a "Proton Notes" app it is enough for now.
Make Skiff Pages replacement where I can create documents and collaborate real-time with colleagues or family members.
Would also love this for spreadsheets.
That would be a real Google Docs and Sheets replacement.
You might be able to use some existing browser-based office suite like OnlyOffice or Collabora Office.
One of the difficulties in converting from Google/Microsoft to Proton is the lack of an integrated suite of document, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Proton Press (Word/Docs equivalent), Proton Present (Powerpoint/Slides), and Proton Hyper (Excel/Sheets) would be very useful. I am a software engineer and would love to help.
I agree that this would be great, BUT Proton Docs (IMHO) would be a new product and I worry that Proton have already spread their resources very thin with the existing products. Calendar and Drive are still missing core features and (at least on iOS) updates are coming too slowly from my perspective as a long time paying customer.
Personally I do not think that Proton should introduce any additional products until the existing suite has been polished further. I have not been able to move from Tresorit to Drive yet and after migrating my calendars to Proton, I'm quite close to migrating them away again due to missing basic features.
So Proton Docs - yes, would be great, but more investment and focus needed on existing products first.
While I understand why Drive doesn't support live edit options due to security. Having an online excel that you can either edit via Drive or a standalone app would be extremely beneficial. Even if it's limited to personal use or allowing only other invited proton users.
From 2016 to 2024. Crickets from Proton. I have been making to move from the G silo but not having even a simple document service after 8 years of people begging is pretty poor coming up on just shy of 18000 votes.
Why Should I? commented
Ditto. I had a sudden need for a collaboration feature in ProtonDrive. At this time the feature doesn't exist in Proton, so I'm passing over an upgrade to the ProtonDrive account in favor of a cloud service that does offer the collaboration function.
The feature request remains unfulfilled since the December 2016, despite the number of votes 3X more than the next runner-up. Which I take to imply that it's not possible within the current Proton security framework. Else the feature would have been implemented ages ago.
Bookkeeper 22 commented
Proton Drive is great except for this BIG exception. I would leave all my Google Drive accounts if this feature to edit, etc spreadsheets whether in word or excel were available here.
PLEASE GET THIS FEATURE added to proton drive!
Cloud writer and spreadsheet software linked to proton drive. Could be a reimplementation of something like libreoffice or if there’s already an open source cloud based word processing software, repurpose the code from there.
Alvan Rahimli commented
Full office suit is not an urgent feature, at least a plain text editor (maybe with markdown support) would be super nice.
It would be amazing to have a freemium cloud suite with spreadsheets, documents, and slideshows with security and encryption. Google and Microsoft are the only big players in this game, and even then the free plan is web-only. I propose that it be both desktop and web for Flatpak (multi-distro support, less work), Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. It should also integrate with proton mail, as a share button, and save to your proton drive.
Ivo Willems commented
Share folders and files between multiple proton users of group members. Work all in the same folder, just as SharePoint/MSTeams. More collaborating instead of sharing as it is now.
This is very important to me since this works really convenient with Google Docs and it would be great if Proton will have this feature.
This would be an amazing addition to Proton. Its the one piece still missing for me, after migrating from gmail. I am still searching for a good alternative to google docs. Proton Docs / Office suite please! ***
A buit-in online Office would be great. Editing, storing, sending right inside the browser – ah, and previewing, too.
Looking forward to when this hopefully comes to fruition! A Proton Docs Suite would easily convert many Google users worried about their data.
The rate-limiting factor now to use Google Workspace apps for small businesses is the number of emails a user can write daily or monthly. For shoestring budget startups these tools are essential in order to avoid spending on more specific tools, but the bottleneck for growth is email volume and deliverability. This is Google's extortion scheme. Build out the apps ecosystem more and we will all FINALLY have a viable alternative for all-purpose small business functions.
Proton Documents on Proton Drive, where the owner can assign various permissions to other Proton Users, like: Edit, or Comment (this I consider optional) or merely view.
And then it should have the option to view the documents for anyone with the link.
Proton Sheets should follow.
Andrew Furmanczyk commented
this is a huge need. I don't want to be using Microsoft or Google docs. I want my docs to be private. This would give a reason to store a lot of files on proton drive.