A Thunderbird Thumbs Up From A Surprising Source
Thunderbird is an almost perfect IMAP client for Windows. If you use IMAP, this is the product for you…
Thunderbird : B+
- Supports the delete model I like
- Junk Mail filter
- Internet style attribution
- Supports IDLE
- Easy to find messages and supports server side IMAP search!!!!
- Doesn’t support getting unread counts for all folders
- Supports mailbox quota
What makes this surprising is that this evaluation comes from Omar Shahine, one of the lead engineers behind the Microsoft Entourage e-mail client for the Macintosh. The only product he rates more highly than Thunderbird in his roundup is (surprise!) Entourage — but since Entourage is only available for the Mac, while Thunderbird is cross-platform (Windows, Mac, and Linux), he encourages IMAP users on non-Mac platforms to use Thunderbird instead of Outlook (which he gives a D+ for IMAP support), Outlook Express for Windows (C), or Eudora (F).
Since reading IMAP mail is the primary task that a modern mail client should be doing these days, this is a nice plug from a good source. So, if you’re suffering with Outlook Express or Eudora for your mail, go get Thunderbird and see what Omar is so impressed with!