Jun 11

Mozilla Thunderbird

Category: Open Source, Software

Mozilla Thunderbird is a mail client for reading your POP3 or IMAP mail. With a simple add-on installed, Thunderbird will also retrieve webmail from the most popular webmail services like Hotmail, Yahoo, etc. Thunderbird supports multiple accounts, mail tagging, spam blocking and mail and address book import and export with other popular mail clients.

Thanks to the add-on structure, similar to the one in Mozilla Firefox, you can extend the functionality of Thunderbird without unnecessary bloat. Examples of useful add-ons are Lightning which adds an integrated calendar (not unlike Outlook); Google Calendar provider that allows synchronization between Google Calendars and Lightning; WebMail that allows checking your webmail in Thunderbird; etc.

pro: free, open, intuitive interface, extensible, good compatibility.

con: slow startup, no tag-based browsing, no default calendar integration.

verdict: ***½

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1 Comment so far

  1. Jaap van der Velde July 23rd, 2009 0:00

    Only fair to say: I’ve stopped using Thunderbird by now. If I had to pick an offline mail reader now, I would choose it again. But using many devices to read it (smartphone, media center) and having several PCs (work, home, laptop) makes it impractical to use anything that is not accessible online all day.

    It’s GMail (with Google Calendar) for me now, in case you’re wondering…

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