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Mozilla Thunderbird

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Formerly known as the e-mail component of the Mozilla Web browser, Thunderbird now exists as a stand-alone, full-featured client. The recently stripped-down code feels leaner and more focused than the original Mozilla component. In terms of features, the program is comparable to or exceeds other products in this space, boasting good junk-mail filters, compatibility with RSS feeds, HTML support, and multiple identities. Thunderbird handles both POP and IMAP accounts admirably, but we would like to see greater support for Microsoft's Exchange server. The program also boasts stellar security features such as S/MMIE, digital signing, and message encryption. Visually ahead of the game, Thunderbird's interface is a joy to use, and the application now lacks the sluggishness that plagued pervious versions. We also like the layout options, which allow us to view our mail in various columned arrangements. Other little perks include message searching, saved-search folders, import tools, smart-address completion, labels, and return receipts. Though the lack of full Exchange support will keep this e-mail app on the sidelines in the corporate world, home users looking for an alternative to Outlook Express will absolutely find Thunderbird a high-flying choice.
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very good and versatile program."

    April 17, 2014  |   By johnent

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 24.4

    Pros

    Much better than what I was using - Outlook.

    Cons

    have trouble figuring out how to access 'Archives'.

    Summary

    Have no complaints thus far. have been using Thunderbird for about a year or more.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Won't download all e-mails"

    April 15, 2014  |   By kemalokten

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 24.4

    Pros

    Easy-to-use
    Nice junk mail filter

    Cons

    Won't download all e-mails and I don't know why.

    Summary

    I wouldn't recommend.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I love it."

    March 12, 2014  |   By caribsun

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 24.3

    Pros

    Replaced my Outlook almost seamlessly

    Cons

    Has no built in calendar (or at least I haven't found it.)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Better then Outlook rubbish!"

    February 26, 2014  |   By BlackBox_Hacker

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 24.3

    Pros

    Can connected to any email server without any problems!

    Cons

    This program has no problems.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DON'T BOTHER!!!!! USELESS!!"

    February 11, 2014  |   By Rayanna77

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 24.3

    Pros

    No pros, anything you can do with this email you can do with any other email.

    Cons

    EVERYTHING!!!! Especially since we (the company I work for) pays for this program and it won't even let me log on. My password doesn't work apparently and the customer service is literally non existent. They don't even have an online tech support. If you can't answer your own question your SOL.

    Summary

    Mozilla Thunderbird is a huge waste of time, money and emotion. I'm so frustrated with it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "A Useless waste of time and effort"

    January 31, 2014  |   By benahodil

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 24.2

    Pros

    It looks pretty. Nice color of Blue

    Cons

    I was unable to connect to any of my Microsoft, Apple Icloud or private domain accounts despite many configurations and instructions provided.

    Summary

    Useless piece of trash.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "NOT user friendly!"

    January 31, 2014  |   By lhakons

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 24.2

    Pros

    Can't think of one.

    Cons

    Not user friendly to people who don't understand technical language.

    NO way to archive folders (that I could find)

    NO way to find info on my specific question

    DON'T BOTHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Summary

    I wanted to archive my YAHOO email offline, and I found an article that said I could do it with Thunderbird. I signed up awhile ago and it seemed to archive everything fine. But I have--scratch that--HAD--some quasi-sensitive things on YAHOO, and I decided I wanted to save it offline to Thunderbird, then delete it off Yahoo. Being cautious, I tested deleting one email from that folder, but then it got deleted off Thunderbird. Fine, I thought. I'll rename the folder on Thunderbird. It renamed the folder on Yahoo. I could not find a way to save stuff offline and get rid of it on Yahoo. And somehow the renamed folder ended up in the TRASH folder and I couldn't recover it. Guess what? It was deleted off YAHOO, too! So now I've lost the very info I had wanted most to save! Support forums were unhelpful--they speak in terms that make sense to people who know what the heck an .sdb file is. I don't. And there's NO WAY to contact Mozilla for actual direct support. Unless you're a programmer or far more versed in this than I am, don't bother. Find another way. This program is not user friendly AT ALL.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "S-l-l-l-o-w"

    January 12, 2014  |   By MAFinOKC

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 24.2

    Pros

    Flexible, multiple profiles are easy, can handle IMAP and POP.

    Cons

    Under Win 8.1 64-bit, current Thunderbird version is PAINFULLY slow. Marking Spam messages as Not Spam does not automatically move them back to the Inbox. Filtered sort results are not displayed in a convenient format. Attempting to bulk Move large numbers of messages causes the program to crash. I get frequent error messages that autoupdate could not be performed.

    Summary

    Despite my dislike of Microsoft, at present I find Windows Live Mail and Outlook.com easier to use than T-bird because although Live Mail is also slow, it's much faster than T-bird. I hope that Mozilla can fix this.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Like very much"

    December 24, 2013  |   By shapepa

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 24.2

    Pros

    Have no problems since I have been using lt

    Cons

    It's the best there is

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Updates keep ruining it."

    December 23, 2013  |   By w.shows

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 24.2

    Pros

    Good layout. Everything I need is there.

    Cons

    Can not view images automatically, which really bothers me. No help online. Deleting of inbox messages is extremely slow, now. Was not before one of the numerous updates. Recommendation: download an old version and disable updates.

    Summary

    Still better than the others.

    Updated on Dec 23, 2013

    Program frequently stops responding, esp when deleting numerous messages. This is also a new problem

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