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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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  • All versions:

    3.8 stars

    out of 1,217 votes

    • 5 star: 579
    • 4 star: 247
    • 3 star: 131
    • 2 star: 102
    • 1 star: 158
  • Current version:

    4.5 stars

    out of 273 votes

    • 5 star: 228
    • 4 star: 9
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 25
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  • 3.0 stars

    "Not bad"

    May 19, 2005  |   By po0x

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0

    Pros

    Seemed like every other email client

    Cons

    This program wanted my password every 2 seconds even though I clicked for it to remember it.

    I tried to send one email which never did get sent.

    I will stick with Incredimail until I find something better.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Full Featured, Fast & Free!"

    May 10, 2005  |   By mistert

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0

    Pros

    Well designed, highly configurable UI and lightning fast compared to the full version of Outlook. Great security features. Many useful application extensions and cosmetic themes are available at no cost. Installation is fast and easy. User Forum and Knowledge Base are instantly accessable from Help Menu. Highly recommended for anyone who needs the depth of Outlook but prefers a more streamlined, efficient & safer email interface. Definitely FIVE stars!

    Cons

    While the installation is a breeze there are dozens of configuration options that might be confusing to users who not email savvy. If you're totally satisfied and comfortable with something like Outlook Express, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail etc., Thunderbird might be a bit more than you need. Users with multiple email addresses should be prepared to spend an hour or two configuring and tweaking the various options and account settings.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "By far the best email client around."

    May 8, 2005  |   By prizmatic

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0

    Pros

    I love how the client "learns" which mail is spam and which mail is good...auto moves the evil/spam stuff to the junk folder. Saves a lot of deleting required with MS Outlook Express.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fantastic Program"

    May 4, 2005  |   By derylmonkey

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0

    Pros

    Easy to use and very safe and secure

    Cons

    Somtimes it filters out stuff i need as spam, but its only becuase it thinks its spam. :-p

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Wonderful"

    April 25, 2005  |   By DarthMonkey

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0

    Pros

    Fast and secure. Intelligent trash can and email filtering. Easy to use and organize. Easy to understand and add to the address book. Free and easy to use. An Excellent program with a few advanced features that i will probably always use. get it now, you'll be glad you did!

    Cons

    Outlook express has that little AIM/MSN buddy status thing status thing, this doesnt but i never found that useful anyway.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Simply a Warning"

    April 24, 2005  |   By Duchess

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0

    Pros

    It appears to be similiar to Outlook and well, yeah, it is FREE.

    Cons

    One thing I discovered that it does NOT support is Hotmail. I clearly remember reading that it supports webmail, yet after downloading and installing I discovered that their definition of webmail and mine must be different. I soon discovered that they do NOT support Hotmail or Netscape mail. Altho I liked the appearance and look of this program, I NEED to be able to access my webmail accounts with the same program as my pop mail accounts. So, I uninstalled. Now, here is when I ran into an issue. Apparently, it resulted from my electing to click yes upon installing if I wanted to set this program as the default email program. Well, after deletion I no longer had access to any email program. I could no longer access Outlook. I ended up having to do a system restore to get my Outlook back.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Almost perfect."

    April 24, 2005  |   By xpil

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0

    Pros

    Does have almost everything that an email client needs. Fast, safe, nice interface, handles all protocols (including nntp!), skinnable, very intuitive configuration. And - one of the most important - keeps messages in standard UNIX format, which makes possible to export the messages to any other email system with (almost) no work.

    Cons

    As I can see, there are two cons:

    - Poor import from other clients. Well, it IS possible to import from almost every other email client, but it requires quite good IT knowledge to do it, and it takes too much time (importing gigabytes of email from TheBat! took me about six hours...)

    - Poor (but still better than M$O/M$OE) handling very large amounts of email

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Don't need to worry"

    April 23, 2005  |   By Justin1278

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0

    Pros

    You never need to really worry about anything using this. When ihad outlook i always had to check for security updates and need to install them using the office cd but now i don't need to worry because installing updates with this is easy and simple.

    Cons

    I didn't download it earlier

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great junk mail processing, but too buggy"

    April 23, 2005  |   By yuanliu

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0

    Pros

    mail filtering and many other nice features. It is junk mail processing that has been keeping me using it ever since Thunderbird 0.9 came out.

    Cons

    1.too buggy -- often dies or loses mail. Mail editor has problems in moving the cursor. Today, it even refuses to get mail from one of my accounts, which I can get in from browser and do see mail there. Multi-stream problems also, especially in compacting folders.

    2. Does not handle double-character smoothly. I can elaborate if anyone wants to listen.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "reinstallation nightmare!"

    April 16, 2005  |   By martinw1200

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0

    Cons

    Don't even think of reinstalling this program! It simply will not accept the old mailboxes, and it has no feature for importing its own mailboxes like most email clients do. Everything lost!

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