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Thunderbird 2 – Free Email Client

by James 17 April 2009 One Comment

Overview

Thunderbird is a powerful and yet lightweight email client, a great freeware alternative to Microsoft Outlook.

Review

Many of you suggested that I should try Thunderbird and I was well aware of the popularity of this particular freeware program. But what pushed me to finally give it a go was, as always, the need. I’m involved in quite a few projects at work right now, and each project comes with an email account. Keeping track of all the emails was beginning to take up a lot of my time, so I felt that an email client application would save me.

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Setting up your email accounts with Thunderbird is a quite easy and painless process, you should be ready to go in only a few minutes.

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You can set up multiple accounts, like I did, and after that you’re pretty much safe, Thunderbird will take good care of your emails. It provides good spam protection and tools to organize and tag your emails.

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The greatest thing about it, as it is for Firefox too, is the possibility to customize the program with hundreds of addons and themes, endless extensions and tweaks that give you the feeling that you’re making your own program. The first addon that I installed was Minimize To Tray because for some reason the program itself does not support this feature. 

Despite that small minus the program looks rock solid overall – lightning fast when it comes to loading your emails, lightweight but powerful.

Version Tested

2.0.0.21

Author

Mozilla Foundation

Operating System

Windows, Linux, Mac OS X

Download link

Summary

 Multi platform.

 Highly customizable with hundreds of addons and themes.

 You have to install an addon to minimize it to tray, that’s quite lame.

Rating

Verdict

I guess Thunderbird will make it to my next list of Top 10 Freeware Programs I couldn’t live without 🙂 It’s fast, it’s lightweight and it’s powerful, that’s all you could ask from a freeware email client. And on top of that it’s highly customizable with addons, in the good old Mozilla tradition. 

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If you have any trouble with this software just leave a comment, I’ll help you out! If you know better free programs in the same category, please let me know!

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