Mozilla Thunderbird

Mozilla Thunderbird

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 1218 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
31.0
File Size:
25.25MB
Date Added:
July 23, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
1,675,576
Downloads Last Week:
1,440
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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    3.8

    out of 1218 votes

    • 5 star: 580
    • 4 star: 247
    • 3 star: 131
    • 2 star: 102
    • 1 star: 158
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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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  • 2 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 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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