We’re all guilty at times of taking the easy option. When it comes to computers that often means accepting default settings and programmes that could be easily updated or replaced to give us a much better user experience.
Default usually means Microsoft. The company’s products are the subject of some very harsh criticism, hatred even from some zealots, but because they ship as standard on such a majority of machines, Microsoft’s software is still the dominant force in the market.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Changing the programmes you rely on might seem scary, but it’s as easy as a few clicks these days.
Toolkit recommends you send Microsoft Outlook a dear John mail and consider installing Thunderbird as your new email manager.
Thunderbird is a Mozilla product. Mozilla is a community rather than a company, but has won a fantastic reputation for its work – Firefox, its free web browser is now reckoned to be on a quarter of all machines and trounces Internet Explorer in almost every independent test.
Thunderbird is their mail client, and shares Firefox’s excellent reviews, friendly animal branding and, best of all, its zero price tag.
Thuderbird is easy to set up and, once it’s running, very easy to use too.
At Toolkit, we’ve run our own comparison, which you can see here. You don’t need any technical knowledge to understand it, just look at the forest of ticks Thunderbird scores.
Don’t just take our word for it either, you can find full head-to-head battles from Find the Best and Centennial Arts here, and here.
Both provide resounding wins for Thunderbird. Here’s just some of what Centennial has to say, “It can manage multiple email accounts and supports multiple identities within accounts. Features like quick search, saved search folders (“virtual folders”), advanced message filtering, message grouping, and labels help manage and find messages.”
Surprisingly for an open source product, (see our recent post on WordPress) it even beats Outlook on security with firewalls, spam filters and anti-virus scanning. Moreover, you get a better customer experience too, with updates every three months or so and nine out of nine support features trumping Outlook’s five in the Find the Best test.
Ask Toolkit if you need any help installing or running Thunderbird and open your mind to open source.
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