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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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    3.8 stars

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  • Current version:

    4.2 stars

    out of 14 votes

    • 5 star: 9
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    • 3 star: 3
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  • 3.0 stars

    "It's alright"

    July 13, 2005  |   By Phoenix_Hacker

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0.2

    Pros

    It's a solid email client that isn't microsoft. Much better than Outlook Express but hey, what isn't?

    Cons

    The calander extension isn't very good and it's just barely on par with Outlook 2000. Mozilla can do better.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best email client"

    July 13, 2005  |   By Flamed

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0.2

    Pros

    Very easy to use, customizable interface, work really well with IMAP mail server. When I deleted an email on IMAP server with Thunderbird, it is gone. Unlike thunderbird, microsoft outlook express and outlook 2003 still keep them the inbox with a crossed line, very annoying.

    Cons

    None, an integrated hotmail or HTTPS email server support will be nice.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Thunderbird. Everything you need."

    July 3, 2005  |   By Nighted

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0.2

    Pros

    Want skins? Newsgroups? Addons like PGP, smilies, RSS feeds, and too many other amazing extension to mention...seriously, go over to Mozilla.org, it will blow your mind at how much you can customize this client. Oh one more thing...IT'S COMPLETELY FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

    Cons

    For the price, none.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great alternative to Outlook Express."

    June 29, 2005  |   By stargazer

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0.2

    Pros

    I now use T-Bird for my e-mail. I like the junk mail feature. Works great for newsgroups too.

    Cons

    Address book is a little clumsy to me. It takes a while to learn how to use effectively.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "WOW! This is easy to use!"

    June 27, 2005  |   By Better_than_unemployment

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0.2

    Pros

    We have 3 e-mail pop-accounts that all used the same computer with Outlook Express, what a pain in the #ss. My computer novice family easily adapted to Thunderbird. Plus it has some pretty cool extensions. I am trying to get everyone to use the calendar extension.

    Cons

    Not enough viruses. With this program I feel like I am wasting money on virus software.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great program and spam filter too!!"

    June 25, 2005  |   By stevepearman

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0.2

    Pros

    Looks good, feels good, and destroys 80% of all known spam.

    Cons

    Can't think of any - well it doesn't make me coffee!! ;-)

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Let me explain why Thunderbird is great if you have the proper preparations..."

    June 21, 2005  |   By TJ Thompson

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0.2

    Pros

    As long as your computer is fast and is free of adware and spyware, Thunderbird should run smoothly. However, my computer isn't the fastest, and might have something hidden that I cannot find through running Ad-Aware Professional, so it slows down Thunderbird specifically.

    If you are properly prepared, go for it! Try it out! It's part of the Mozilla family, afterall, so it's awfully not awful!

    Cons

    If you aren't prepared, try it anyway for a few weeks to a month. If it works, great! If not, do not continue, because your mail might be tracked and read without your consent. I don't know, so play it safe if you're unsure.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "God awful software"

    June 8, 2005  |   By Cheese61

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0.2

    Pros

    It's free

    Cons

    Utterly user unfriendly. Good for computer geeks, college students and the jobless who have time on thier hands to learn the ropes. Everyone else beware, help files are confusing, nothing is intuitive and...just avoid it. There are better free email clients and, by the way, this is the WORST usenet reader out there.

    Just awful.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Very nice, but too slow for my system"

    June 2, 2005  |   By ajfengr

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0.2

    Pros

    It all just makes sense and does what it should do. I also like that it handles multiple accounts easily.

    Cons

    On an ancient system running Windows 98, this program slows everything down to a crawl. I realize my machine is a dinosaur, but Thunderbird is slower BY FAR than other Email clients such as The Bat. However, I've never used Outlook, so I probably don't know the meaning of "slow" yet. HAHA

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  • 5.0 stars

    "thunderbird rules!"

    June 1, 2005  |   By dburr13

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0.2

    Pros

    THUNDERBIRD is faster, safer, and more user friendly than OUTLOOK...OUTLOOK seems old and clunky in comparison.

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