by August 4, 2005 0 comments

This is yet another product from the open-source community, which is simple and
extendable. It supports Windows, Mac, Linux, OS/2 and Solaris. The package comes bundled as an e-mail, RSS and Newsgroup reader, but no personal information manager. 

However, you can fully customize the client to cater exactly to your needs by downloading relevant extensions and themes from its website. Support is available from its community forums for further customizing it. Thunderbird is the only completely free client among those reviewed, which comes with all the functionalities and without ads.

Although there are no organizer 
functions with its raw install, it has impressive spell checking, PGP encryption, Adaptive mail filters and optional script blocking features bundled. It’s Bayesian filter based junk mail filters learn with usage and movement of e-mail within the client and works splendidly. We got the junk filters running after letting it learn from a sample of 25 spam e-mail and the it detected each of the 210 mails we bombed it with and moved them to the junk mail folder automatically. Thunderbird wins in identifying and dealing with spam. Surprisingly though, we found its quick search function to be only fair as compared to much better rating that others have got. This is because there is no proper
advanced search modeled within the client and the quick search box even though is marginally fair, fails to have precise hits. 

The client interface has been kept very clean and is very simple to understand and use. It hogs up slightly more memory than Eudora at 22 MB, even when idle. The
client lets you import mail, settings and contacts from various other e-mail clients very seamlessly.

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