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Old 12-09-2012, 11:05 AM   #1
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Running Windows Live Mail 2012 on Windows 7. I run a number of email accounts through WLM. One Comcast, one Gmail, and several domain based email accounts. Not too pleased with WLM. I'm wondering what programs some of the gurus who hang out here might want to share? Thank you.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:11 AM   #2
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Thunderbird. Been using it for years.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:50 AM   #3
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Didn't Mozilla stop the development of Thunderbird recently?
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Old 12-09-2012, 12:17 PM   #4
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Didn't Mozilla stop the development of Thunderbird recently?
Sort of. They're calling it feature complete, and only doing security fixes. That's a reasonable approach imo. There isn't much you can add to it. It receives mail and sends mail, there's little it's lacking.
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Old 12-09-2012, 12:33 PM   #5
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Running Windows Live Mail 2012 on Windows 7. I run a number of email accounts through WLM. One Comcast, one Gmail, and several domain based email accounts. Not too pleased with WLM. I'm wondering what programs some of the gurus who hang out here might want to share? Thank you.
In general you need to specify how you want to use email and what other services you need. Thunderbird generally doesn't cut it in today's world because it only offers email and not integrated contacts, calendaring, tasks, etc.. But if that is all you need it may be fine for you.

Using gmail with email clients (rather than through web interface) may be problematic because of feature incompatibilities. For example gmail does not support folders and subfolders, so what happens if you create a subfolder in a client?
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Old 12-09-2012, 12:36 PM   #6
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In general you need to specify how you want to use email and what other services you need. Thunderbird generally doesn't cut it in today's world because it only offers email and not integrated contacts, calendaring, tasks, etc.. But if that is all you need it may be fine for you.

Using gmail with email clients (rather than through web interface) may be problematic because of feature incompatibilities. For example gmail does not support folders and subfolders, so what happens if you create a subfolder in a client?
Gmail supports folders/sub-folders. For calendaring there's the Lightning extension for Tbird. Dunno about integrated contacts. That isn't something I use.
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Old 12-09-2012, 12:53 PM   #7
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Thunderbird is a great piece of software. I use Outlook 2010 now seeing as i got it through work, but prior to that Thunderbird was my client of choice.

Also Gmail is a good choice if you don't mind everything else that comes along with using gmail.

I've also heard good things about outlook.com as a netbased email client.
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:50 PM   #8
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I like outlook.com. The little I've used it has always left me with a favorable impression. I'd be happy to use it full time if it supported IMAP, which it doesn't at this time.
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:00 PM   #9
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Thunderbird is excellent. It still seems to be getting non-security updates (like GUI facelifts)
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:16 PM   #10
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Windows Live Mail is much better than Thunderbird imo. Very clean, threaded, and no bugs! It even has a good RSS feed, if you do that thing.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:46 PM   #11
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Thunderbird, with Lightning extension
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:42 PM   #12
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Outlook.
Or does it need to be free?
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:46 PM   #13
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Tried everything under the sun for Windows, including Thunderbird, and nothing really felt right.

Then I tried Postbox. It was exactly what I was looking for, and it plays properly with Gmail as well. It even integrates with DropBox, allowing me to seamlessly link large files instead of attaching them. Definitely worth checking out: http://www.postbox-inc.com/

Outlook is also excellent, but not cheap.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:48 PM   #14
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Tried everything under the sun for Windows, including Thunderbird, and nothing really felt right.

Then I tried Postbox. It was exactly what I was looking for, and it plays properly with Gmail as well. It even integrates with DropBox, allowing me to seamlessly link large files instead of attaching them. Definitely worth checking out: http://www.postbox-inc.com/

Outlook is also excellent, but not cheap.
Thanks for the recommendation, so far looks promising.
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I use Postbox Express. That is the free client. It works great and it set up my gmail account automatically.
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BatMail may be a good fit for you, not so for me. I get my messages with T'bird Portable.
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:51 PM   #17
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love Thunderbird myself w/ Lightning calendar addon.
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:44 PM   #18
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I've used Thunderbird for many years, but do not like the recent UI changes. The title bar changes make it behave differently from almost every other Windows application -- no more double-click at left of title bar to close app, for example. And moving tabs and some other command buttons into the title bar might initially seem "cool", but it really isn't. Usability and consistency is more important than "cool", especially in an email application.
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