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Best free e-mail client for Windows?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by fdeck, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    New computer day. While getting my stuff installed on the new system, I read reports that Mozilla Thunderbird will no longer be maintained. So, I guess I need to know what's the jellybean e-mail client these days.
  2. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Email client? I thought everyone just used 'net based email....
  3. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid I don't play bass

    Apr 10, 2009
    I would of said Thunderbird, but in that case... Opera mail. It's a broswer add-on but it's supposed to be very good.
  4. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    Not according to CNET:


    It will still be supported but will not be a priority application for Mozilla.
  5. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    That's a good point. In the past I've always run a local client so I could have my own archive of my e-mails. Some of them pertain to my business, such as invoices.

    But that's all on another computer now, running Evolution under Linux. So, maybe I'll try the 'net based client for a while for this computer, which is for the family to use.
  6. onestring


    Aug 25, 2009
    Oakland, CA
    Yes, Thunderbird is maintained. I use it heavily and it is frequently updated. Great client and it's a very good idea/super easy to back up your webmail with it!
  7. I have only ever used Lotus Notes and I only use that at work. All web based for me, except for the mail client on my iPhone.

  8. I use Thunderbird.

    Is it the best? Dunno, but it certainly does everything I need and is easy enough to use.
  9. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    Thanks for the many good tips!
  10. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    Windows Live Mail is freakin' awesome.
  11. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    Windows Live Mail works very good.
  12. Been using Incredimail for years. I don't like the web-based clients - too many privacy issues.
  13. I've used Thunderbird for years. Some of the older versions were a bit glitchy, but for the past couple of years it's been fine.
  14. Demon_Hunter


    Jun 8, 2008
  15. Hi.

    I have actually thought about the Email client lately, since my Gmail account started acting very strangely about three moths ago, and thus I haven't used it for two months or so at all.
    Hotmail did delete all my emails some years back for a few months inactivity, after about 10 years of having that account active.