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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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best email program out there due to excellent features."

    November 6, 2011  |   By baewyn

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 7.0.1

    Pros

    Ability to sort mail is welcomed. Still learning program but so far the features mostly work and it is easy to set up. I find it more user friendly than other current email programs, and it has more features.

    Cons

    Certain features are not always reliable. i.e., two sets of filters are in use and could not find a way to merge them yet. The biggest complaint I have with the program is the inability to have the <Move To> command put in the task bar. At this time, you have to go through a number of drop down dialog menus to move email to different folders. It is very inconvenient. It would be much easier to have the command on a taskbar and just have a drop down menu listing the folders.

    Summary

    Overall,this is an excellent program that is easy to use. None of the other programs I have used can compare to the features offered. I would like to see adding a calendar and the <Move> command to the taskbar.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great product,highly recommended."

    November 5, 2011  |   By Rasman57

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 7.0.1

    Pros

    very easy to use.

    Cons

    don't have any cons.

    Summary

    Really good software.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Seems to slow other programs"

    November 2, 2011  |   By RobD1971

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 7.0.1

    Pros

    same good qualities as other versions.

    Cons

    Noticed right away that other windows move off screen hesistantly/ jerky when closing or maximizing when Thunderbird is open.
    Adobe (PDF, Photoshop, InDesign) programs don't move as smoothly when Thunderbird is open.
    This didn't happen with previous version. See-through header isn't worth that effect on other programs.

    Summary

    I would stick with the previous version.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Thunderbird 7.0.1 doesn't mark viewed emails as read"

    October 26, 2011  |   By normsuss

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 7.0.1

    Pros

    Does what previous versions did; with one exception (below)

    Cons

    When I open an email and close it, sometimes Thunderbird 7.0.1 doesn't mark it as read. No matter how many times I open it, the results are the same. I have to right click on its listing, go to "Mark" and click on "As Read" to have it marked as read.

    Summary

    Good program, but maybe they are rushing to update too often for them to ensure that the changes don't interfere with Thunderbird's proper working.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Does what you ask"

    October 24, 2011  |   By 19allguy57

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 7.0.1

    Pros

    easy to use, good looking

    Cons

    does not delete from the email server

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