Switch no. 2
One of the entries in my previous blog was about me finally taking the step over to Firefox. In hindsight, I can’t believe I waited that long. Having used Firefox more or less exclusively for some time now, there’s just no way I’m going back. If you’re reading this using Internet Explorer, I think you know where I stand :) I will definately check out what Microsoft have in store for IE7, but I doubt it will be able to compete with Firefox.
Anyway, that wasn’t what I was going to talk about. I recently made another switch. This time I switched e-mail clients. Having used Outlook Express for as long as I’ve been using Windows, leaving OE was difficult to say the least. I don’t necessarily consider Outlook Express to be a bad e-mail client. It actually works rather well. What troubles me is that it hasn’t received a single update in what feels liks years. Sure, there have been the occational security updates, but nothing has happened feature-wize in a long time. So, I made up my mind and started looking for alternatives. Turns out, there isn’t a whole lot to choose from if you’re looking for a free (preferably open source) e-mail client that doesn’t look like it was designed by some scanner interface programmer. Granted, I didn’t spend hours and hours looking around, but when I found an e-mail client that looked good “on paper” it was either commercial or butt-ugly. In the end, my search led me to, you guessed it, Mozilla Thunderbird. I’ve been using it now for three days and I must admit I’m slowly but surely getting hooked. The import from Outlook Express worked without a hitch and I’m loving all the new features available to me. In particular, the IMAP support is lightyears ahead of OE. If you find yourself looking for an alternative to Outlook Express, I recommend you check out Thunderbird. Looking at the excellence of its sibling Firefox, there’s no doubt in my mind Thunderbird is also on it’s way towards great things.