Mozilla Thunderbird

Mozilla Thunderbird

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 1222 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.0.17
  • Total Downloads:
    1,703,894
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 26, 2008
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    25.26MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,670
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.3

    out of 15 votes

    • 5 star 6
    • 4 star 8
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 0
  • All Versions

    3.8

    out of 1222 votes

    • 5 star 582
    • 4 star 249
    • 3 star 131
    • 2 star 102
    • 1 star 158
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4 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 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 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 stars

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

January 04, 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 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 stars

"Interesting, but not as handy as Outlook Express"

December 09, 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 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 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 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 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0.0.17
Version 2.0.0.17 is a security- and bug-fixing release.
General
Publisher Mozilla
Publisher web site http://www.mozilla.org/
Release Date September 26, 2008
Date Added September 26, 2008
Version 2.0.0.17
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory E-mail Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows NT, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista
Download Information
File Size 25.26MB
File Name Thunderbird Setup 31.3.0.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,703,894
Downloads Last Week 1,670
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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