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Mozilla Thunderbird

Download Editors' Rating:
5
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Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 1226 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.0.19
  • Total Downloads:
    1,751,768
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 31, 2008
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    32.44MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,474
  • 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

    3.7

    out of 9 votes

    • 5 star 4
    • 4 star 1
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    3.8

    out of 1226 votes

    • 5 star 583
    • 4 star 252
    • 3 star 131
    • 2 star 102
    • 1 star 158
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3 stars

"Being Mozilla and not Microsoft"

March 18, 2009  |  By lovelyl1976

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.0.19

Pros

Looks good and easy to use. Being a part Mozilla that is a bonus.

Cons

Kept spamming my email from contacts in my address book.
It would not let me put more then one account on the program.

Summary

Maybe a few glitches but when fixed I would say yes go for it.

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5 stars

"Thunderbird Rocks"

March 16, 2009  |  By djkfunk

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.0.19

Pros

Loads fast, decent spam filter, manages multiple email accounts, has never once crashed on me. Also, the new Mozilla Lightning calendar plug-in FINALLY makes it comparable to Outlook in terms of calendar integration from within Thunderbird.

Cons

Nothing major

Summary

Awesome program, and 100% free...I now use Firefox, Thunderbird, and Open Office and will never pay for overpriced Microsoft Office applications again!

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5 stars

"great especially for gmail"

March 14, 2009  |  By busbybottom

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.0.19

Pros

automatically sets up for gmail accounts

Cons

a little harder for non gmail accounts

Summary

a very non invasive email checker

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5 stars

"where is exchange support?"

February 09, 2009  |  By tush_jainn

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.0.19

Pros

I like this application....

Cons

Hey CNET Editor...where is Exchange Support?
I see IMAP and POP....but where is exchange server support?

Summary

Please review applications carefully CNET....

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2 stars

"Okay but not meeting my needs for multi-computers"

January 29, 2009  |  By RonKZ

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.0.19

Pros

Looks good, works nicely in Windoze and Linux

Cons

Import-Export capabilities are most inadequate
Too often gets confused with multiple smtp servers
Seems to insist on putting multiple red tables within tables

Summary

Excellent for one user, one computer.
Horrid for sharing and networking.
WHY cannot we have universal-common address-book and email formats?

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5 stars

"Perfect, it works and it's not Outlook!"

January 19, 2009  |  By kevdrez

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.0.19

Pros

Try it. It's a lot quicker and better looking than Outlook. I have never had a single problem with it.

Cons

None that I have encountered.

Summary

Thunderbird just might do to Outlook what Firefox is doing to IE. It certainly deserves a chance.

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4 stars

"free,nice,and easy..."

January 19, 2009  |  By cheeonn1

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.0.19

Pros

It is a good alternative

Cons

long time i use it ,feel good and no problem..

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3 stars

"Free and Effective"

January 18, 2009  |  By mehrpou

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.0.19

Pros

It is a good alternative for MS Outlook.

Cons

Working with it is hard and it does not have a Help like other programs.

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1 stars

"Attempt to send a message results in Win-2000 reboot"

January 11, 2009  |  By VladVeytsel

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.0.19

Pros

Works without a glitch on incoming messages.

Cons

Version-related issue - no outgoing message could be sent.

Summary

I've been using Thunderbird for a long time (I believe almost since it's beginning) - never had any problems up to the version 2.0.0.19. Not long ago I had it updated to 2.0.0.19 through routine online suggestion to update. Since that, every attempt to send a message results in Windows 2000 reboot. Made four attempts total (I send e-mails not very often). Was puzzled by the first crash, started suspecting Thunderbird after the second one, became almost sure after the third, and fully confident after the fourth one. The whole ordeal spanned over several weeks. Can't suspect virus - I do full system AVG scan weekly. Memory problem is unlikely - I don't have fixed system for loading my habitual resident applications, thus after each reboot Thunderbird was in a different memory location. Nor the hard drives - weekly scheduled disks' defragmentation task should have reported them, if any were found. Looks to me like a version issue. Have to try reinstall the latest version in full; if this won't help, got to reinstall the previous version - not sure how this will work out, though. Might be the latest version doesn't like my Win-2000, but I would expect it to warn me about this when prompting for web upgrade. I'm writing this to warn other users of Win-2000 about possible problem, and necessity to exercise more caution with auto-upgrade to Thunderbird 2.0.0.19 than I did.

Updated on Jan 19, 2009

Downloading FULL Thunderbird 2.0.0.19 and installing it over existing same version (without previous uninstall) had resolved the problem.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0.0.19
General
Publisher Mozilla
Publisher web site http://www.mozilla.org/
Release Date December 31, 2008
Date Added December 31, 2008
Version 2.0.0.19
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory E-mail Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista
Additional Requirements
Download Information
File Size 32.44MB
File Name Thunderbird Setup 38.2.0.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,751,768
Downloads Last Week 1,474
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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