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Mozilla Thunderbird

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Mozilla's Thunderbird comes into its own with version 2.0, offering features and innovations that take aim at both Web mail clients and industry standards like Microsoft's Outlook.

The program loads fast, even when weighed down by multiple folders and RSS feeds, and the basic feature set remains intact: good junk mail filters, HTML support, multiple identities, and POP, IMAP, and Microsoft Exchange server support. Security features include S/MMIE, digital signing, message encryption, and a built-in phishing detector. Interface tweaks maximize message viewing, an obvious necessity in an e-mail reader.

What makes this freeware e-mail client such a serious contender are the new features. Back and forward buttons, like you have in your Web browser, let you jump through messages in the order that you viewed them. Customizable tag names and colors make it a cinch to keep things organized, even across dozens of message folders. The folder pane is customizable. Gmail and Mac users will find configuration as simple as entering your e-mail address and password, with rumored support forthcoming for other Web-based providers. Search results can be saved, and Thunderbird has Firefox's extension capability, allowing for user-designed tweaks that greatly enhance the program.

Flexible, powerful, and lightweight, Thunderbird 2 is an appropriate companion app to Mozilla's Firefox in every way.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "My default email client now"

    February 17, 2009  |   By gregw9

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.0.17

    Pros

    Ease of use. Junk filters work very well once trained.

    Cons

    Difficult to find help. Had problems setting up junk filtering at first, finally found the solution quite by accident.

    Clicking on a link in an email only opens a new tag if your browser is already open. Would prefer it to open in a new window.

    Summary

    It's good. I'm using it now as my default.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Far superior to OA."

    February 15, 2009  |   By Biocon

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.0.17

    Pros

    Ease of archiving both inbox and sent messages. Ease of compacting. Ease of searching. Able to cope with large numbers of emails.

    Cons

    Address book needs improving

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  • 4.0 stars

    "loads fast and ease of use"

    February 15, 2009  |   By vmn601

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.0.17

    Pros

    First pro is it's free and second is the support. Also, attachments are easly accessed

    Cons

    having trouble with fonts. would prefer large bold text. will read help files to remedy situation

    Summary

    I'm still new at using M.Tbird and haven't used all the features but am satisfied so far.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "better than outlook and free, free, free."

    January 4, 2009  |   By trendy09

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.0.17

    Pros

    free, and does as good a job as outlook, probably a better job.

    Cons

    the same problem with outlook, creating mail account needs to be simplified. one click.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I started using this instead of OE & like it MUCH more."

    December 28, 2008  |   By brdiecat

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.0.17

    Pros

    Loads faster, doesn't spit 'error' messages at me, runs smoother, doesn't lock up on a program like OE does, just easier & more secure now I'm used to it.

    Cons

    Nothing wrong so far.

    Summary

    It's just MUCH faster loading, especially when toggling back & forth between sites.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Interesting, but not as handy as Outlook Express"

    December 9, 2008  |   By rruppel

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.0.17

    Pros

    Can pick your own announcement for new mail.

    Cons

    Address book not very handy.

    Summary

    Only used about a day. Was able to send and retrieve my email from qwest.net.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "One of the best e-mail clients available"

    October 31, 2008  |   By silentghost

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.0.17

    Pros

    Small download, quick, problem-free installation, very simple interface, straight-forward options, works with POP or IMAP4, no bloatware or useless features to bog down processor speed or memory

    Cons

    Must install add-on for Minimize-to-Tray feature, no integrated Calendar, signature feature a little too basic (you can write one line of text or attach a file, but it doesn't always show up as intended in the attached file)

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good value for the cost (Free)"

    October 30, 2008  |   By smithrh

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.0.17

    Pros

    Unsure of this point

    Cons

    I am talking cosmetically and I prefer Outlook

    Summary

    I think I can get used to the way it looks as the cost of office is a lot these days

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best on-line"

    October 29, 2008  |   By lasaboy

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.0.17

    Pros

    it does not have the holes IE has

    Cons

    none that worry me

    Summary

    Simply the best

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It's good and it works."

    October 27, 2008  |   By Totlly

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.0.17

    Pros

    Allows standard types of mail protocols. Allows configuring to proxy servers. It's fast. It's straightforward. You can configure where you want the email data be to stored.

    Cons

    It would be nice if it came with an integrated calendar like MS Outlook with which you could schedule meetings with email contacts.

    Summary

    Thunderbird is my email client of choice because it is fast, reliable, and lightweight. I can have my email stored on a data partition keeping it off of a the system partition. I can configure it for a Proxy for added security. I can use IMAP and POP. The junk email system learns well. The email filtering system is pretty good.

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