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Old 11-25-12, 04:37 PM   #1
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Anyone using Thunderbird?

Or another (free) email client for the desktop? I have a couple of different email accounts, tend to use various browsers, and really don't want to have to install extensions or open tabs every time I log into my account on my laptop.

Reading reviews on CNET, looks like the top 3 all have mixed reviews- Thunderbird, Live Mail, and Incredimail.
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Old 11-25-12, 05:17 PM   #2
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I tried it for a while, and quit using it after it quit working.
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Old 11-25-12, 06:35 PM   #3
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I use Thunderbird from my home desktop computer. When I access that email account from my other computers I use their web interfaces through my browser. I use Outlook Express on my work computer using WinXP but it isn't available with Win7.
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I've used Tbird for years for both personal & business accounts, along with the Lightning calendar add-on which works with the corporate calendar system.
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I've been using it for years, access 6 email accounts from one instance. I also use Yahoo! email to access all the accounts with a browser, like from work. Both work fine and are both free. Yahoo! email is ad supported and accessible from any browser. Thunderbird is a real dedicated email cliernt and is quite good and pretty fast.
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NOOOO, don't use incredimail. The free version keeps wanting to replace your home page and I think it wants to install other plugins to help serve ads. And the free version puts little cutesy illustrated pitches for incredimail at the bottom of your sent emails. (They've been using it at a place I work at.) There's no way to export your email history if you want to switch off of incredimail.

Thunderbird works great. I have it set to not delete received emails from the server for 7 days. That way, I can use the slower webmail if I'm away from my home computer, and still see recent emails that I've already downloaded at home.
It's easy to set up rules to sort incoming mail into separate folders. I have emails from a few mailing lists going to their own folders, and emails from my financial sources are separated, too.

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NOOOO, don't use incredimail. The free version keeps wanting to replace your home page and I think it wants to install other plugins to help serve ads. And the free version puts little cutesy illustrated pitches for incredimail at the bottom of your sent emails. (They've been using it at a place I work at.) There's no way to export your email history if you want to switch off of incredimail.

Thunderbird works great. I have it set to not delete received emails from the server for 7 days. That way, I can use the slower webmail if I'm away from my home computer, and still see recent emails that I've already downloaded at home.
It's easy to set up rules to sort incoming mail into separate folders. I have emails from a few mailing lists going to their own folders, and emails from my financial sources are separated, too.
This answers I question I had, if my understanding is correct. The desktop client not only fetches and manages mail, but then reports back to the server on what action to take next based upon how I handle any given email. Works for me.
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Old 11-25-12, 08:38 PM   #9
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I've used Thunderbird for several years, and plan to use it for however long it is still good. The team is no longer developing it, so when support ends, I plan to switch to Postbox.
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I preferred TBird to MS Outlook when I was using them.

But switched over to gmail. It's the best yet. You can forward emails from other accounts or websites to it and deal with them all at gmail. If you want to answer an email from another email addy, you have the option to send the email as if it is from your username@other-email.com, or from your website.com.
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I preferred TBird to MS Outlook when I was using them.

But switched over to gmail. It's the best yet. You can forward emails from other accounts or websites to it and deal with them all at gmail. If you want to answer an email from another email addy, you have the option to send the email as if it is from your username@other-email.com, or from your website.com.
I've got gmail and Outlook (old Hotmail) accounts. Earlier this evening, I configured Outlook to fetch my gmail stuff and I can send out through Outlook as gmail. The only reason why I did that is because I like the 'Sweep' feature of Outlook- I cleaned up my Inbox in like 3 minutes (been neglecting it lately ). If I could somehow replicate the 'Sweep' function from within gmail, I'd call it good and be done with it.

Before I had to reinstall my OS last week, I had gmail configured to act as the desktop client. I went looking to possibly do that again, but it said I could only get the desktop notifications through Chrome. Looks like they've pretty much abandoned desktop applications in favor of pushing their own apps from within the Chrome OS.

I just configured Thunderbird while running Linux Mint via USB to play around with it. My research shows that Evolution is pretty popular with the Linux crowd and that at one point was ported over to work with Windows. I may give that a shot, or not,
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According to this article, and several others,
Mozilla will continue to support Thunderbird for the foreseeable future. This means security updates and whatnot will continue.

I've found Thunderbird to be a very nice email client on all three OSes I use.
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For a minute I thought you were referring to this:

http://www.bumwine.com/tbird.html

Used to sell it by the pint or fifth.

As to email, I just use the free web versions of yahoo, gmail, etc.
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Thinking about just opening up a tab in the browser that I can pin after I log into my mail service. Can't be any more of a resource hog than installing a desktop client that's also using bandwidth the same time I'm surfing. I'm really trying to optimize my performance and productivity.
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For a minute I thought you were referring to this:

http://www.bumwine.com/tbird.html

Used to sell it by the pint or fifth.

As to email, I just use the free web versions of yahoo, gmail, etc.
If you pour a little out and add a package of Kool-Aid, it tastes pretty good.
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As long as you don't install Eudora via Wine, we can still be friends.
I wasn't planning on going that route. If I end up using a client on the Linux side of my laptop, it'll probably be Evolution.
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If you pour a little out and add a package of Kool-Aid, it tastes pretty good.
Now that you mention it I remember selling kool-aid with T-bird in the good ole days. Never drank the stuff myself.
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I used outlook for a long time and got sick of how slow it was and how often it crashed. I thought about switching to thunderbird, but never did because all the e-mails I used regularly never got written in any address book, I just had them on autocomplete so I had no way to port them over and didn't want to lose them all. Then I got a new job where I couldn't take my personal computer so I started using gmail for everything. It's not perfect. Not by a long shot and I hate the new look for composing e-mails, but it now has all the autocomplete addresses I've used for the past year (I don't seem to learn), and I've started using it at home too even on my computer that has all my last 10 years worth of outlook stuff on it. It's so much faster, plus my wife uses it regularly, so we use the g-mail instant messenger to plan dinner and when we're going home and stuff. At my next job (start Jan 2), I'm not sure what they're going to do. I think they have a university-wide e-mail client that they're going to want to use (I think it used to be Eudora, but recently switched to something else), so I don't know if I'll use that or try bypassing it and still use g-mail. It's nice being able to access it from anywhere. I like the idea of having one dedicated client somewhere that takes them all in and empties out the portable mails after a period, allowing access temporarily anywhere, but keeping down the clutter.
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Something that was drilled into me the last time I attempted college was to have a back up email and not rely on the school's system. Especially if it was some kind of time sensitive thing (submit a paper) or an emergency. I would have their personal email, use only if needed, then delete upon completion of the course.
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