Migrated from MS Outlook to Mozilla Thunderbird for Email App

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  1. InTheLight

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    I recently switched from MS Outlook for email to Mozilla Thunderbird. The reason I switched might seem trivial, but I'm glad I did.

    I have six email addresses I use on IMAP servers. I got tired of the 15 to 20 second delay that Outlook would use when polling the servers and downloading emails. Downloading messages......Send/Receive status 15%.....Send/Receive status 25%...Send/Receive status 40%.....Send/Receive status 42%.......Send/Receive status 56%

    ..you get the idea.

    Thunderbird instantly shows me my emails and I like the layout and GUI much better than Outlook. There are some functions that Outlook has built in (calendar, tasks) that you have to download an add-on in Thunderbird and there is a very slight learning curve with Thunderbird, but I've been using it for about a week and I'll never go back to Outlook.

    BTW, Thunderbird is a free download as are the add-ons.

    Anyone else using Thunderbird? Thoughts?
     
  2. Magnetic Poles

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    I have used Thunderbird before, and it is great. I recently read though, that Mozilla is going to stop supporting it nor making upgrades to it.
     
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    Hotmail has been updated to a program called Outlook. It's the same name as the old Outlook but has some need features. I especially like the "sweep" function for cleaning out the Inbox. I went from 8000 emails to about 150 in pretty short order once I worked the learning curve. I have my gmail forwarded to it, and my emails are also sent to my phone. I also have my devotionals sent to their folder, preaching/pastor newsletters sent to theirs, and like the Google+ feature of "circles" I have people associated into groups. for example, I click on "family" and I can see just emails from family members. It was also intuitive for other newsletters, like ads from stores I frequent, and sorts those as well.
     
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    I use an integrated Internet suite from Mozilla, called Seamonkey. The e-mail client is very much like Thunderbird (uses compatible add-ons from Mozilla), and the browser picked up where the old Navigator browser left off. It's very Firefox-like.

    I have used Thunderbird in the past and I love all it's way-cool features, from HTML e-mail formatting (I still like to use cutesy animated gifs and rich text formatting in my composed e-mail messages) to nearly instant IMAP setup. Seamonkey has all those features as well, but - at least on this 8-year-old modest hand-me-down hardware - is lighter and faster than Thunderbird and Firefox.
     
  5. InTheLight

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    Mozilla is not abandoning Thunderbird. We’re going to continue releasing security updates and providing the infrastructure for Thunderbird development, QA, support and documentation. But it’s the Thunderbird community who are going to drive improvements and innovation. Thunderbird has a very bright future.

    https://blog.mozilla.org/thunderbird/
     
  6. Magnetic Poles

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    I am glad to see this. I do like it, and in fact installed it on my Mac since reading this. I like it far better than the native Mac mail program. Thanks ITL! :thumbs:
     
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    I too am a Thunderbird user, I've never been a user of "MS Windows" email client (at work I have no choice IT dictates what IT dictates) I started with Pegasus Mail (http://www.pmail.com) because it was free and from what I saw superior to what MS was offering. Unfortunately as Windows changed the compatibility of Pegasus was lost and so I switched to Thunderbird and haven't looked back.
     
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    We use Thunderbird at work (primarily for security reasons) and I like it a lot.

    At home, however, I have migrated all my email accounts to Gmail. I would prefer to have some of the stand-alone options that Thunderbird offers, but Gmail is more convenient.
     
  9. Magnetic Poles

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    Good news! You don't have to change. Gmail works great with Thunderbird. That is how I use it. I chose the IMAP option to keep my mail on the servers.
     

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