Mozilla Thunderbird

Mozilla Thunderbird

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 1218 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
5.0
File Size:
21.13MB
Date Added:
June 28, 2011
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
1,664,683
Downloads Last Week:
1,296
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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.

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    3.8

    out of 1218 votes

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    • 4 star: 247
    • 3 star: 131
    • 2 star: 102
    • 1 star: 158
  • Current Version:

    3.1

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    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 5
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    "Phishing protection in 24.5 reduces security risk"

    May 11, 2014   |   By Bigsurfer

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 24.5

    Pros

    Version 24.5 takes care of child-like users who are vulnerable to phishing attacks. Also it automates configuring tons of email accounts, so you don't need to depend on a scratch pad as much. A really cool aspect is it allows you to isolate yourself from the Internet browser, so you may be free of it.

    Cons

    As a client, Mozilla Thunderbird competes with web mail and the server powering it. Web mail can provide the last word in spam control, meaning it gives access to a tiny bit more junk. Spam-paranoid users should check their junk folder in web mail.

    Summary

    Get Thunderbird 24.5 for the family. If you got novice users in the family, turn on phishing protection and junk filters to protect them from hacker attacks. If you got news consumers in the family, they will have access to news groups and feeds.

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