Mozilla Thunderbird

Mozilla Thunderbird

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 1220 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
31.1.1
File Size:
25.25MB
Date Added:
September 11, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
1,683,912
Downloads Last Week:
1,889
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Mozilla Thunderbird offers a range of options for PC users without access to robust paid software like Microsoft Outlook. Allowing you to integrate multiple mailboxes with SMTP or POP protocols, Thunderbird is a lightweight, responsive piece of software that works well.

Pros

Open source and customizable: Because Thunderbird is developed by Mozilla, the group behind Firefox, it is more customizable than Outlook, a closed tool developed by Microsoft. At the same time, it offers all of the basics you need right out of the box, so you don't have to worry about highly complicated technical setup if you're not comfortable working in the trenches of a software tool.

Smarter organization: Thunderbird features a range of tools to make organizing your email as easy as possible. Including tabbed email browsing, smart searches, and custom folders to organize your messages, along with powerful spam filters that are better than a lot of Web-based tools, Thunderbird works well with most email services.

Cons

Desktop limitations: Because Thunderbird is a desktop tool for Windows, it doesn't synchronize directly with a mobile device natively. Yes you can set up a POP3 inbox so that all edits in Thunderbird appear at the server level, but it's an extra step that is required with tools like this. It's not unique, and the speed and flexibility of the software makes it a small complaint, but it's something to keep in mind if you compute on your tablet nearly as much as your desktop.

Bottom Line

If you don't like using relatively limited Web-based email tools, or if you'd like to further customize your browsing and organizational experience, Thunderbird is a must download. It's free, it has a number of available plug-ins and updates, and it's a perfect fit for almost anyone with multiple email accounts to manage.

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  • All Versions:

    3.8

    out of 1220 votes

    • 5 star: 581
    • 4 star: 248
    • 3 star: 131
    • 2 star: 102
    • 1 star: 158
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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent, better than my MS Outlook desktop email."

    September 09, 2014   |   By Raravou

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 31.1

    Pros

    Tabbed email, one-click address book, attachment reminder and the best search tool - easy and fast search results

    Cons

    If only we had a Thunderbird mobile app!

    Summary

    Highly recommended to remove all the chaos in personal and business mail management.

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  • 4 stars

    "A LOVE and Hate Affair, with version 31.0"

    August 22, 2014   |   By Darren Dheilly

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 31.0

    Pros

    A Nice Good Email program, and it replaced a lot of Email Clients I tried after my
    Windows Vista Mail crapped out and I screamed and got no help. But it installed well, allowing me use all my prior settings (and keep the same email address) That was a big selling feature. Support and help files, is Unheralded an it had
    answered every question and problem I had. The add ons too are nifty. I do not need them now but I will cross that bridge when and if needed. But I got mine running like my Dad's classic 1955 T-Bird (0 to 60 MPH in 8 seconds).

    Cons

    I seen a few bad reviews here and I understand that, as I hated it too, but only
    in the beginning. I an not a patient man,.It is nor straight forward as it is learning curve, and I hated that. it in the beginning, I wanted to hit my HP PC with a Hammer, for it it was confusing and painful, like a large Puzzle with pieces missing. Could

    Summary

    Now the envelope please : 3 days later - 22 Hours total was it !!! Great. and it is getting better still. I modified it to my liking (open source). I erased the stuff I did not want or need. Then Thunderbird snapped to life on a restart and it was fast and smooth. Junk and Philshing does not bother me, (My IPO deals with all that crap). If see some junk I just delete them. So if you have a bit of Brains or smarts and are patient give it try... Once all running it is it's own reward, make a Mistake ? No worries Thunderbird is forgiving. It has a has a reset option button (I found it and I did not know that). I used it once to roll back a bit). The only thing I do not care for is all the Tabs, commands and settings (too much clutter), but It took me over 2 1/2 Hours to finally be able to read and try most of them , and understand more of them now with the Thunderbird Help. Do not do a
    trial and error (I prefer simplicity). I will still be learning a bit more as Time goes on. But as of now it works, as It should (spell checker has great option setting it up,(the default works fine too). But Thunerbird is not like a horse, where you jump on it and ride it into the sunset, you need to break it in first. that is the last hurdle. it but in first 3 hours I was sending emails and they where sloooooow, but now, with bit of tweaking (with a few shut downs and restarts) on the last day - NOT SLOW NOW. (Pow !!!) It is quick and slimmed down and it is GREAT, A great (FREE) program... It is not for faint of heart. The archive stuff is just for storage of old files, that was a little bothersome, Read the email then copy and paste them to another location outside Thunderbird, and that works fine (copy and paste, in and out). That was easy enough. (But it's free and an open source too) what more could you want ? Try it just be patient and go slow, You will hate it, then love it. If not there is Gm ail bloatware or Windows Live e-scrap. made for kids. like a cross between Icredimail and Sesame Street. Half the Functions do not work. 2010 is terrible. 2012 is better But you need Windows 7, and Windows Live 2013 is the best but it runs better on Windows 8. and up. Stay away from, from "Merge-mail", It loads 126 instances in the Registry and took me an hour with regedit removing them. I tried many and when "Leo Notenboom" said use Thunderbird 31.0 and I did, and I will never look back. SO BOTTOM LINE : "THUNDERBIRD 31.0" IS GREAT !!!" I love it now and trust me you will too. It Just takes some time. But I use Vista Business with (service pack 2) the best Vista OS, only 1 problem in 3 years is my Vista Mail. it was acting up and went "Kaput !" then it slowly Croaked out.

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  • 5 stars

    "Phishing protection in 24.5 reduces security risk"

    May 11, 2014   |   By Bigsurfer

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 24.5

    Pros

    Version 24.5 takes care of child-like users who are vulnerable to phishing attacks. Also it automates configuring tons of email accounts, so you don't need to depend on a scratch pad as much. A really cool aspect is it allows you to isolate yourself from the Internet browser, so you may be free of it.

    Cons

    As a client, Mozilla Thunderbird competes with web mail and the server powering it. Web mail can provide the last word in spam control, meaning it gives access to a tiny bit more junk. Spam-paranoid users should check their junk folder in web mail.

    Summary

    Get Thunderbird 24.5 for the family. If you got novice users in the family, turn on phishing protection and junk filters to protect them from hacker attacks. If you got news consumers in the family, they will have access to news groups and feeds.

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  • 4 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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