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Mozilla Thunderbird

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Despite perceptions to the contrary, the desktop-based e-mail client is not dead. Mozilla Thunderbird 3.0 is a serious reaction to the prevalence of Web mail, so whether you're looking for a strong desktop client, an Outlook replacement, or a powerful tool for managing archives and Web mail offline, Thunderbird can scale to your needs.

Outlook users will notice the speed and responsiveness of the program, which loads quickly, 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 robust Web mail, POP, IMAP, and Microsoft Exchange server support. Security features include S/MIME, digital signing, message encryption, and a built-in phishing detector. Add-ons, based on the same code as Firefox's add-on network, can enhance your security even further.

Joining such useful features as the back and forward e-mail browsing buttons and customizable tags in version 3.0 are a set of must-have features. The powerful search tool integrates results with desktop searches on Windows Vista and Windows 7, while tabs reinforce the connections between Web browsing and e-mail reading. In fact, the new search tool is so powerful that if you have a massive number of e-mails, you may want to set it to index them overnight lest it drain system resources from other programs. Gmail support especially has been revamped, so you now get an All Mail folder in Thunderbird, among other improvements. Mozilla's new Personas skins work in Thunderbird, while the Lightning add-on supplies the missing Microsoft Exchange-compatible calendar feature.

Flexible, powerful, and lightweight, Thunderbird 3 is an appropriate companion to Firefox in every way.

New search and tabs take flight in Thunderbird 3:

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good Alternative To Outlook"

    October 20, 2010  |   By Woodsprite29

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 3.1.4

    Pros

    It pretty much does everything that you'd want to use Ms Outlook for, just a simpler interface. It does not do automatic calendar/meeting scheduling as well as Outlook, but then the filters work as opposed to Outlook's.

    Cons

    I have to manually check my mail...doesn't seem to do it automatically. If you like great GUI, this program ain't it.

    Summary

    Very good program for all that it offers.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "no comment"

    October 17, 2010  |   By jeandtay

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 3.1.4

    Pros

    no comment

    Cons

    no comment

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  • 1.0 stars

    "So confusing, it delete the mail as soon it arrives"

    October 16, 2010  |   By Jcaef

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 3.1.4

    Pros

    2 years ago, it was a very good program to use with the possibility to have many different emails addresses.
    Today, it is so confusing that only expert may be able to use it. certainly not for me anymore

    Cons

    People like simple things and Thunderbird is certainly not working properly, messages are gone as soon as they arrive
    It need a competent programmer to set it properly

    Summary

    2 years ago I loved Thunderbird, now it is the worst I have ever had, I switch to incredimail

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  • 4.0 stars

    "it is a good product"

    October 12, 2010  |   By BLUTO12

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 3.1.4

    Pros

    smallish, fast

    Cons

    bit fiddly

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best out there"

    October 12, 2010  |   By bladeandsai

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 3.1.4

    Pros

    Can't get any better

    Cons

    Can't think of a thing.....

    Summary

    I recomend it highly

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Incredibly confusing showing so many mailboxes."

    October 9, 2010  |   By KeefyH

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 3.1.4

    Pros

    Competent e-mail client. I prefer them to web-based mail, more flexible and with more choices.for individuality.

    Cons

    Incredibly complex system. Not terribly reliable either. I tried sending a video clip and it just would not sen but I used Incredimai to send itl with no problem.. I much prefer Windows Mail but Virgin corrupted that so I can no longer send mail.

    Summary

    The amount of mail boxes is so confusing that it's taken me forever to make some sense of it all. I'm not so young any more and my eyesight is not what it was so it's difficult to read the very small script. I am an advanced user with man y years experience of computers in general. and I do not find this to be an intuitive program nor as versatile as Windows Mail.

    Updated on Oct 9, 2010

    Another big beef that I and other users have is that it's impossible to empty some folders, (Junk), so it stays on your hard drive using up space. With Windows Mail you just right click and choose from a menu but you cannot with Thunderbird and the only way is to delete them one at a time..

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  • 5.0 stars

    "You're not using it yet?"

    October 9, 2010  |   By changstarr

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 3.1.4

    Pros

    So many options. A great place to look at all of your email accounts in one place. It's also easy to organize your schedule with "Lightning".

    Cons

    There is nothing I don't like about this program.

    Summary

    You'll have to download additional add-ons to access Yahoo! and Hotmail, It's also a bit of a hassle if you're not comfortable installing and troubleshooting, but there is a ton of info in helping you through it. It's worth it in the long run.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "couldn't get to work on mediacom"

    October 7, 2010  |   By yzfr1dude

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 3.1.4

    Pros

    looks nice, just wish it worked.

    Cons

    tried it, couldn't get to download. trulymail worked right away. can't configure saved passwords? told it not to remember, never asked for it again?

    Summary

    hope maybe newer version is more manually configurable?

    Updated on Oct 8, 2010

    got it figured out, after much messing around.

    Updated on Sep 16, 2013

    This is an old review. Works great installed it on several computers.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very good product and such a pleasure to me."

    October 6, 2010  |   By DrLey

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 3.1.4

    Pros

    This enable me to stop wasting time minimizing, cutting and pasting, and opening new programs just to get information sent to an intended recipient.

    Cons

    Thus far, I have found no difficulties or experienced any type of problem with this time-saving software.

    Summary

    I highly encourage anyone with efficiency as a must in their computer and internet activities to download and utilize this software. You will be absolutely glad you did.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I've always used Thunderbird as my email client."

    October 2, 2010  |   By Kathie60

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 3.1.4

    Pros

    I like being able to use Thunderbird without having to open a browser. I've used Tb just about since it began being offered.

    Cons

    I have no dislikes at this time.

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