Thunderbird vs outlook

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  1. mcdirector

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    Does anyone use thunderbird? how do you like it? Have you used outlook? does it compare? I don't use the calendar on Outlook because I use mine like a diary and I like to color in it ;)

    The new student/home edition of MSOffice has notebook and not Outlook. I like Notebook, so I was glad to see it, so I thought I might look for options for email.
     
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    I've seen Tbird but never used it. I use the daylights out of my Outlook (2003). Mine's pretty "tricked out" with multiple shared calendars, fully color-coded screens, I do a ton of Events that "invite attendees," etc.

    I've altered our church's software system (ACS) to export data on my youth group to my outlook--a full address book, and all student data (birthdays, school stuff, and the like). I get multiple reminders each day as to what's up.
     
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    We use outlook at church too. I've got no choice there. I even wrote the how-to manual for users to use it efficiently in our environment. BUT we are still on 2003 software there and at home I've updated what I use most often 2007. I didn't update Outlook because it no longer came with the package I've always purchased.

    Since I also have my own business, I have to keep things separate.

    I've been looking at SeaMonkey which is a suite -- browser / email client. It seems to be more of a developer's package though, so more words than pictures. I like pictures for stuff like this.
     
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    For those that have multiple computers to work with during your day you might find the following of interest. It is a fair package of freeware assembled in a portable format that has its own menu that comes up when you plug in your usb stick that has all the software installed on it. You do all your work on the stick and leave nothing on the computer you plug it into.

    It has a portable version of THUNDERBIRD if you want to give it a quick try.

    http://portableapps.com/

    It comes with open office and some Bible software works on it if you want to tinker a little bit.

    THERE IS EVEN A MAC EMULATOR that works off the stick :laugh:
     
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    I have set up Thunderbird before for customers. If you use MS Exchange you would need to keep Outlook ubt if you are on a regular POP3 server thunderbird looks great to me, a light little program.
    Oh, they also have a seperate calendar program now too, called Sunbird.
     
  6. Bible Believing Bill

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    I use thunderbird as my email client. In look and feel it is similar Outlook Express. I have never used the full version of Outlook.

    When looking at the casual play on the net type user I find that the email client and web browser we use really makes very little differance. For more advanced users then the features of one client over another would have more of an impact.

    Bill
     
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    As far as features, yes but often these are the very users who really need a simple program so they are not overloaded.
    These types are typically not all that computer literate.
     
  8. Don

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    There's really no comparison between the two.

    Thunderbird is great for e-mail, and can keep track of appointments with the calendar extension.

    Outlook, on the other hand, is a collaboration tool, capable of setting up meetings, shared calendars, assigning tasks to others, etc.

    If Thunderbird is capable of these types of things, please point me to the extensions to make it happen.

    It depends on what you're going to use it for. Simple e-mail and individual appointments, go with Thunderbird. If you need business-like capabilities, go with Outlook.
     

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