What Desktop Email Client Do You Use? Outlook Driving Me Crazy!

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Hey Guys,

Looking for suggestions on a good desktop email client.

I do use Gmail before anyone asks and its great but I also like to use a desktop software as I just prefer them.

At the moment I'm using Microsoft Outlook 2007 and have been since like forever, but its really ticking me off, its really slow and is now hardly ever filtering my mail using the "rules" I have in place, overall I've had it with outlook.

So can anyone suggest an alternative?

I've heard about thunderbird and I love firefox so seems like I should give it a shot, does anyone recommend it?

Thanks
Andy
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    • Profile picture of the author Darren Tan
      Yeah Bev!

      Totally agree.

      Thunderbird is stable plus you do not need to keep refreshing to get new emails.

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      Originally Posted by Bev Clement View Post

      Thunderbird all the way, never regretted moving to it

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  • Profile picture of the author jasonboom
    Outlook Express? Just kidding. I've used Eudora before -- my partner in the office loves it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andy Hart
    good stuff, big thumbs up for thunderbird, no reason not to give it a shot. I'll give it a blast and see how we get on, I hope we play nice together.

    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    I use Thunderbird too. You can get some great plugins that really help. I use one called Quicktext. It's kind of like Outlook's signature feature only more convenient, easier to use, easier to edit, and you can group signatures into logical themes. For example, I have about 30 signatures for different products I sell. Another group is for personal signatures. It also learns what you consider spam. Good program.
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  • Profile picture of the author digigo
    thunderbird... solid.. handle 100,000 emails without a problem
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  • Profile picture of the author Audi0
    Yah I really like Thunderbird as well works very well and has autoresponder features.
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  • Profile picture of the author RGallowitz
    Thunderbird is definitely faster, however...you cannot deny the functionality of Outlook.

    I have moved back to outlook because it has so many great features like calender/event notificaitions, spam filtering etc..

    Thunderbird dumps all the stuff into one folder. It doesn't have any spam filter support.

    A upside to thunderbird is the fact that you can manage multiple email accounts within one interface. Something that outlook lacks. However, outlook definitely makes up with many other additional features.
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    • Profile picture of the author Andy Hart
      Originally Posted by RGallowitz View Post

      Thunderbird is definitely faster, however...you cannot deny the functionality of Outlook.

      I have moved back to outlook because it has so many great features like calender/event notificaitions, spam filtering etc..

      Thunderbird dumps all the stuff into one folder. It doesn't have any spam filter support.

      A upside to thunderbird is the fact that you can manage multiple email accounts within one interface. Something that outlook lacks. However, outlook definitely makes up with many other additional features.
      I didn't see that coming?? an outlook fan

      What version of outlook are you using, mine is really slow how about you?

      Also recently I use "rules" to assign emails to different folders for organizational purposes but its not doing it?? Really annoying

      thanks
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      • Profile picture of the author RGallowitz
        Originally Posted by Andy Hart View Post

        I didn't see that coming?? an outlook fan

        What version of outlook are you using, mine is really slow how about you?

        Also recently I use "rules" to assign emails to different folders for organizational purposes but its not doing it?? Really annoying

        thanks
        Andy
        Yup, Outlook will become slow if you don't clean it up every now and then....just a PC get's slower when it runs out of memory.

        About rules:
        You have to set one rule at a time because sometimes you'll find that the newly added rules clash with the older ones which makes outlook not use the rules at all.

        I'm using Outlook 2007 with Service Pack 2.


        If Thunderbird had proper spam block support, I will use it in a heartbeat. But it doesn't.
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        • Profile picture of the author 52.ct
          I use Outlook Express and I am happy for the most part except from this one annoying non capability of Outlook Express.

          In Outlook Express, when creating a new email, it does not allow you to enter your email address of choice into the "FROM" field. You first must set an account in Outlook Express of your email of choice then Outlook Express will only allow you to select it from a drop down menu.

          This is inconvenient when you have hundreds of email addresses in use like I do. Is there a desktop email client that will allow you to enter an email address of choice, without having to setup an account for the email address first?
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  • Profile picture of the author Andy Hart
    I was looking forward to trying thunderbird, so I downloaded it (version 3.0.1) and installed it but .... nothing!!

    It wont start up or anything, I tried to start it in safe mode but nothing. I have been to the TB forum and there seems to be others with the same problem.

    Guess I'm gonna have to wait for the next release, pretty gutted.

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    • Profile picture of the author LightningZsolt
      Originally Posted by Andy Hart View Post

      I was looking forward to trying thunderbird, so I downloaded it (version 3.0.1) and installed it but .... nothing!!

      It wont start up or anything, I tried to start it in safe mode but nothing. I have been to the TB forum and there seems to be others with the same problem.

      Guess I'm gonna have to wait for the next release, pretty gutted.

      Thanks
      Andy
      Andy, I had the same problem when I tried to install the latest version of Thunderbird (3.0) the other day. Here's how through trial-and-error I discovered how to fix it (at least in Windows Vista...probably similar in other Windows versions):

      When you go to the download page, rather than telling it to "Open" or "Run", choose "Save" and save it on your desktop. Go to your desktop and Right-Click on the installation program icon. Near the top of the context menu you'll see "Run as Administrator". You'll probably get an annoying Windows prompt saying "Are you sure you really want to do what you just told me, because you can't think for yourself?" Confirm your desire is to "Run as Administrator". The installation program should start up without a problem. At least in my case, it did. It seems the new version has some sort of bug with Windows Administration user privileges.

      Give it a shot. If it lets you install it, I'm sure you'll really enjoy the program!
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  • Profile picture of the author sts2k
    i was thinking of switching to a desktop email client. does thunderbird work well with gmail?
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  • Profile picture of the author yoessan
    There are other email clients than outlook?

    I only use outlook but I noticed it get slower as days gone by so I'll take a look at other alternative as suggested in this thread.
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  • Profile picture of the author YourProfessional
    The best change I ever made was moving from Outlook to Thunderbird. Free. Awesome. Brilliant.

    My old boss and I used to argue about the merits of each application but Thunderbird always seemed to be the winner
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    • Profile picture of the author Marian
      Thunderbird here as well... but since I got Gmail - I'm more on there. Great filtering and rules.

      Marian
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      • Profile picture of the author grayambition
        Another vote for Thunderbird and the QuickText plugin. But like Marian, I find myself using gmail more frequently - gmail's labelling, filtering and rules make it really easy to stay organized and find stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author analyzed
    I definitely recommend thunderbird. I have also used The Bat though and quite liked it. It's not free though...
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    • Profile picture of the author ARVolund
      Been using pegasus mail for about seven years now and I have been a very happy user the whole time. I believe the domain is pmail.com.

      Not sure exactly how many emails are in the system but I have over 20k outgoing and I am sure the in to out ratio is at least 5-1 if not more.
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      • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
        Been using pegasus mail for about seven years now and I have been a very happy user the whole time. I believe the domain is pmail.com.

        Not sure exactly how many emails are in the system but I have over 20k outgoing and I am sure the in to out ratio is at least 5-1 if not more.
        Another happy Pegasus Mail user here.

        The limitations on the program are pretty much disk- and memory-based. The program doesn't really seem to have any in-built limits. If you have a lot of folders (I have over 1200), it can be a tiny bit slow on start-up. Other than that, it Just Works.

        The interface is a bit different from the standard Windows look, which can take some getting used to. Extremely powerful program, with more features than most people will ever even know about, much less use.


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        • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
          Another vote for Thunderbird here but I also have throwaway accounts at Gmail too
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  • Profile picture of the author Dimitris
    I use mozilla thunderbird.
    It's much more secure then MS Outlook.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zabrina
    I agree, Gmail is really the best email client out there. I know someone who uses Thunderbird and is happy with it, though, so if you really want a desktop client, I'd add another vote for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author theunknownthem
    Another vote for thunderbird if you're running windows. They got the skins for the new version like they have for the new firefox
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  • Profile picture of the author Jamie10
    At the moment I'm using the Windows Live Mail client, and it suits my needs fine. Got 4 email address linked up that sync every minute, and the alert whenever a new mail is recieved looks great on Windows 7!

    Yet, if I did start getting problems then I wouldn't hesitate to move over to Thunderbird.
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  • Profile picture of the author dremora
    Thunderbird is the best. Works on multiple platforms, too.
    I wouldn't recommend Outlook to my sworn enemy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mili_D
    I just started to use using Thunderbird differently one to recommend you to it.
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  • Profile picture of the author bsmith2
    I currently use thunderbird, it allows unlimited email addresses from different domains and manages to keep them all seperated. I like it lots better then outlook.
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