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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.


  1. Posted March 5, 2005 at 16:08 | Permalink

    Though I’ve had to support the IE/OE minions, I’ve always used Netscape products. The email in the Netscape 4.x series was standards compliant, properly quoted the text above your reply, sent out your mail nicely formatted instead of one long line, I could go on.

    When Mozilla became mature enough around 0.8, I made the switch from the old Netscape client. Today I run Firefox and Thunderbird, I’m very happy with the combo and I’ve been testing Sunbird for my calendar.

    Glad you’ve made the switch.

  2. Smartys
    Posted March 8, 2005 at 00:43 | Permalink

    Yeah, I recently switched from Outlook to Thunderbird because of the lack of spam filtering in the version of Outlook I had (I was lucky enough to have 2k old messages, a lot of which spam, with which to train Thunderbird’s spam filter). Very, very good once I got it set up: setting it up though was VERY annoying (it didn’t import from Outlook properly, so I had to do a lot manually, and I couldn’t find the way to use several different SMTP servers at first).
    Only one problem I have currently: I can’t find a way to set it up with my HTML based Lycos mail account. Not a big deal, since I never used it, but worth noting.

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