Mozilla Thunderbird

Mozilla Thunderbird

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 1221 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.0.21
  • Total Downloads:
    1,703,894
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 19, 2009
  • 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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  • Current Version

    2.8

    out of 8 votes

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    • 1 star 1
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    3.8

    out of 1221 votes

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    • 2 star 102
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2 stars

"Qualified satisfaction"

October 18, 2009  |  By Whitaker Delgoffe

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.0.21

Pros

Good size font, clear screen. Soon learn special features. Store in local folders

Cons

Upset by conflict (?) with other email services, and account settings. Email no longer received: why? "!Folder being ssorted"--eternally.

Summary

Still looking for solution, in Forums and elsewhere. Should I abandon it, or abandone GoogleMail?

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5 stars

"Awesome free e-mail client."

May 07, 2009  |  By kdawg00

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.0.21

Pros

Free, e-mail client, looks nice.

Cons

No cons found yet.

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2 stars

"Fair to good"

May 07, 2009  |  By svgoliard

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.0.21

Pros

Great for sending routine e-mails

Cons

Can't not send an e-mail with an attachment. Can not find a fix for the problem and I'm not alone in the office with this specific problem

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3 stars

"Great in so many ways, but can be very frustrating"

April 20, 2009  |  By jojoquacks

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.0.21

Pros

FREE; customize with themes & tons of functionality extensions; fairly easy to set up with Google Mail accounts especially; great spam filtering; handles multiple accounts well & can do multiple sub-folders well.

Cons

Crashes too often - frequently after "updates" installed; can be a HUGE resource hog (CPU 99% isn't rare); no user manual; online support is pitifully unorganized (both forums & "Mozillazine" articles)

Summary

I really love Thunderbird... Except when I hate it.
I was forced to find a full-featured email client when my Office 2003 disk "disappeared" at the same time my ex did (go figure) and Thunderbird was the most obvious choice. Most of the time I love it, in spite of its quirks.
The array of themes should provide a look for just about anyone's taste; even more impressive are the extensions available. Much like its browser brother, Firefox, Thunderbird expands its functionality through the use of these add-ons, which can provide options from changing how your mouse wheel scrolling works to a calendar (complete with the ability to synch with online calendars such as Google's). I also love being able to sift messages down through as many layers of sub-folders as I need through simple filters. It supports both POP & IMAP (through the use of extensions for webmail), although Hotmail/Live Mail doesn't always play well - which is not the fault of Thunderbird. I have over a dozen email accounts all under my Thunderbird roof, and usually the whole program runs seamlessly.
USUALLY.
Unfortunately, it seems that nearly every "update" I install (frequently after ignoring prompts to do so for a few days or weeks) brings my harmonious email world to a screeching halt. Currently, I have been trying for 3 days to get the thing to work at all after installing version 2.0.0.21; all it does is keep "processing" folders (and it doesn't tell me which ones) and hogging my entire CPU. In general, Thunderbird is often heavy on resources, which is a big downside.
Once a problem with Thunderbird comes up, the next problem follows immediately: there's no help file. What there is is a poorly organized online system of articles, lumped with Firefox articles under the name "Mozillazine," and an equally poorly organized group of forums. I have spent hours searching both sources to little avail, and since forum posts never seem to be archived (I've been led astray by seemingly-helpful responses from years and versions long past) and Mozillazine articles rarely if ever updated, it makes for a very frustrating and unproductive experience. The forum moderators end up answering the same basic questions repeatedly; if the forums had better organization with subcategories & a FAQ in each of those, it would cut down on both users' & moderators' efforts. A lot of the Mozillazine articles are pretty confusing for non-techies like yours truly; to their credit, forum moderators reply quickly and will kindly give more detailed and plain-spoken instructions when asked.
If Thunderbird didn't drag down my whole system and do so especially when updated, and had better-organized and more user-friendly help, I'd give it 5 stars without hesitation. But for a not-so-techie like me, these issues really hit hard.

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2 stars

"Thunderbird is just OK."

April 18, 2009  |  By MsJoeCool

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.0.21

Pros

Handles multiple email addresses well.

Cons

Does NOT learn how to handle spam as advertised. Will mark items spam even if they're in the address book or there are other message rules. Doesn't remember font settings.

Summary

Since this is a Mozilla product there is so much potential and it's wasted. I keep using it because it is the only product that will allow me to use all my emails in one place. There are so many little annoyances, though, that if I could find another product, I would change.

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2 stars

"Ok for those who don't do much with email"

April 16, 2009  |  By DatabaseDoctor

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.0.21

Pros

Easy to use, easy to setup, free

Cons

Unlike Firefox which is all things to all people, Tbird is a minimally functional email client. Email only. Nothing else. Plain interface too.

Summary

For advanced email users, I don't see this being useful.

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1 stars

"lost mail 3 times !!!"

April 04, 2009  |  By 828173

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.0.21

Pros

I find this program total crap, lost all mail and account data third time :(((
cnet wrote "lightweight" actually it's relatively slow, lazy ***** they took shortcuts to make it cross platform

Cons

unstable, unreliable crap

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5 stars

"good download"

April 03, 2009  |  By g00fer

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.0.21

Pros

best for email

Cons

n0ne found

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0.0.21
Version 2.0.0.21 is a bug-fixing release.
General
Publisher Mozilla
Publisher web site http://www.mozilla.org/
Release Date March 19, 2009
Date Added March 19, 2009
Version 2.0.0.21
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory E-mail Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows, Windows Me
Additional Requirements
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
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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