Mozilla Thunderbird

Mozilla Thunderbird

Download Editors' Rating:
5
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Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 1224 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    12.0.1
  • Total Downloads:
    1,735,149
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 30, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    27.57MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,230
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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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.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.0

    out of 9 votes

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    out of 1224 votes

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2 stars

"Instable, Cluttered"

May 31, 2012  |  By 5735odra

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 12.0.1

Pros

Good for advanced user

Cons

Hanging to often, to complicated for average user, buggy.

Summary

After downloading and exploring eM client, I decided to give a review to Tunderbird. Using it on and off is to much frustration longing for simplicity, usefulness and look lead me to finally get rid of this email client from my comp. Love eM, now. Windows Live - same joke. uff...

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3 stars

"Makes me appreciate Yahoo Mail"

May 30, 2012  |  By seaweedsteve

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 12.0.1

Pros

Easy to setup STMP account for Yahoo mail.
Free
Add-ons
Popular

Cons

-Slow.
-Text sizing. It always seems to change text size in mid email. In Yahoo mail with this issue, I'd select all and then set to one size, 10 pt, say. In thunderbird it's a pain. It only gives me relative adjustments like "bigger"or "smaller".
-New emails open in seperate window from Thunderbird.I want it to open in a tab. Should be the default instead it's not even an option.
-If I'm composing an email on my own computer, why don't I just have a copy there?
-I thought it would download all the mails and then I open them. Nope. One at a time. Click, fetch, wait, read. A lot of waiting.
-Even slower to send and then to have a copy in my sent box, that's another process with attendant delays.
-The buttons for dealing with the emails are in the middle of my page when using the preview pane, which I depend on. I want them at the top when controls should be. Why can't I move them?

Summary

Yahoo mail has gotten a lot worse lately. I was hoping that switching to a desktop client would offer speed advantages for reading emails where it could check my inbox and then have the mails all there when I start reading. NOPE. It's actually slower for reading and way slower for sending. I know about offline option for folders, but that's an ongoing hassle also. I spend a lot more time just dealing with thunderbird than Yahoo. Apart from that, well, I don't like the UI much and it's not easy to change like Firefox.

It's just too slow and offers no advantage for a single account over online email. I think that Thunderbird could be good but the decisions, the group design is just not right for IMAP. Or maybe it's the archetecture. Don't, know, but after three weeks of tweaking and reading up and looking at add-ons, I'm dumping it.

Updated on May 30, 2012

Update, meant to say "easy to setup for IMAP", though I don't like how it deals with IMAP.

Updated on May 30, 2012

Another Con:
Contacts open in another window. No viewing a column with your contacts beside your email. You have to go back and forth between windows.

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5 stars

"Still the best"

May 24, 2012  |  By pruther

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 12.0.1

Pros

Firefox lost its way a little while back, but now seems to be back on track. Speed has improved, memory use and leaks are down, and the diversity of add-ons can't be beaten. A much better browser than IE, and still for me better than Chrome.

Cons

None really. High quality browser.

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5 stars

"Great replacement app for Outlook"

May 19, 2012  |  By Minnesotafats

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 12.0.1

Pros

Easy to migrate Outlook files
Very fast delivery of emails
Intuitive

Cons

Writing replies not real easy, unless I haven't learned the tricks yet (minor issue).

Summary

My Outlook 2007 had become corrupt, locking up, not loading new messages, etc. Thunderbird so far has been a great replacement. Highly recommend.

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1 stars

"it's terrible"

May 18, 2012  |  By Captain Jim

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 12.0.1

Pros

None to report

Cons

It keeps crashing & disappearing when I hit send

Summary

Don't download this version

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1 stars

"Crashes attempting to get new mail"

May 14, 2012  |  By rjrottawa

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 12.0.1

Pros

Nothing special to report.

Cons

Dld'ed ALL my emails from my ISP going back 3+years as if they were new. Then wouldn't download hew emails afterwards. Tried uninstall/reinstall; tried latest Earlybird version (14.0...). No Joy.

Summary

First time I've had to limp along with Win Live ID. Not a happy camper.

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3 stars

"Seems like TB took a step backwards!"

May 09, 2012  |  By rogkal

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 12.0.1

Pros

Nothing that's new.

Cons

Not compatable with a lot of things I'd like to add on.

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5 stars

"A user friendly email program that is unsurpassed!"

May 09, 2012  |  By baewyn

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 12.0.1

Pros

It does the job easier and better than any other available email program.

Cons

It still does not alphabetize the filters. Also, I found my filters have to be duplicated for Local Folder.

Summary

Great program for everyone. You are able to make it do almost anything. It would be appreciated if the filters could be alphabetized and apply to all Folders.

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2 stars

"Excellent program spoiled by unfathomable crashes"

May 04, 2012  |  By petesmithy

 |  Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 12.0.1

Pros

Tabbing, folder and search facilities.

Cons

Just one: unexplained and untraceable crashes. The web is littered with the berating of this fault which appears to be triggered by a clash with some other element but which Mozilla seems to wash its hands of. I never thought I would be beating a path back to Outlook as my local backup to Gmail.

Summary

Just hope that in a future iteration this might be addressed.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 12.0.1
Version 12.0.1 includes fixes for issues relating to new mail notifications and filtering on POP3 based accounts, occasional startup crash seen in TB 12.0, and an issue with corrupted message bodies when using move mail.
General
Publisher Mozilla
Publisher web site http://www.mozilla.org/
Release Date April 30, 2012
Date Added April 30, 2012
Version 12.0.1
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory E-mail Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Additional Requirements
Download Information
File Size 27.57MB
File Name Thunderbird Setup 31.7.0.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,735,149
Downloads Last Week 1,230
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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