Microsoft offers an email client in every single version of Windows, but most users need more advanced functions, so searching for an alternative solution is one of the first things to do after installing a fresh copy of the operating system.
Mozilla is already a very popular name in the software market, mostly thanks to the Firefox browser, so its own email client is bound to attract users as well. Thunderbird is a powerful application that borrows some features from Firefox, coming with add-ons and theme support, plus several other innovative features.
Just like expected from an email client, Mozilla Thunderbird can be installed in a matter of seconds, but the hard part begins when creating an account. Novices are advised to use the wizard and complete each fields with the correct information, provided the email settings are known.
As mentioned before, Mozilla Thunderbird can be heavily customized through plug-ins and themes, so having a look at Mozilla’s add-ons center is a must. It should be emphasized that, while Mozilla Thunderbird is friendly with computer resources, it might slow down if users install a large variety of add-ons and themes.
The standard interface is very clean and pleasant while enabling users to manage emails fast and efficiently by assigning tags or priority levels. The appearance of the main window can be customized by adjusting the layout, the columns and the panels to suits one's necessities.
When dealing with a message, users can reply or forward it, but they can also archive or edit it as new; filters can be created to ensure that no spam messages are received.
The Settings window is the place where experts and software enthusiasts can show their skills. They can configure the connection security, the signature location, the return receipts or the digital signing certificates.
All in all, Thunderbird proves to be a stable and feature-packed email client that should definitely be given a chance, especially since it is freeware.