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Thunderbird - safe free email client

Website - Freeware

reviewed by ClifNotes on 22 Oct 2005


Notes from Clif

I recently switched from Outlook Express to Thunderbird. Why did I do that? The main reason I switched is because I noticed that OE was getting slower and slower. I have thousands of emails from friends and readers. I keep them all. Other people switch because it's quite a bit safer to use than OE or maybe they switch just because it's not from Microsoft.


Did I have any trouble? No, I didn't have much trouble at all. TB lets you import all of your OE mail, contacts, and most of the settings. I did have to delete and re-setup 4 accounts that I have set up very specially. Most POP3 or typical IMAP accounts will be imported just fine.


What features do I like in TB better than OE? TB has a search bar that's always handy and it's searches seem to be quite a bit faster than OE. TB does not display images in HTML mail until you click on a button to allow it. This will save you from web-bugs or HTML infections if you open a bad mail by accident. TB also allows you to receive RSS feeds, use a junk filter, create a whitelist, and those are just a few of the things OE has never done.


What features do I miss in TB that I had in OE? The only thing I found missing is the "View Source" tab that you can enable while you are composing an HTML email. That's a problem for people who would want to create fancy java script templates for their email. Most of us would never miss it because TB really has a much better selection of tools for editing HTML email than the ones that come with OE.


I can strongly recommend TB over OE for the typical person accessing email on their PC, and for the power users who want to tweak it to add more features.


See this tutorial for help setting up TB for the first time.



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Packed with Features

Thunderbird gives you IMAP/POP support, a built-in RSS reader, support for HTML mail, powerful quick search, saved search folders, advanced message filtering, message grouping, labels, return receipts, smart address book LDAP address completion, import tools, and the ability to manage multiple e-mail and newsgroup accounts.

Unlimited Features

Thunderbird lets you add additional features as you need them through extensions. Extensions are a powerful tool to help you build a mail client that meets your specific needs.