Review: Outlook Express, Thunderbird, Eudora

No money for e-mail software? You've got three free - and effective - choices: Outlook Express, Thunderbird, or Eudora. If you have Windows, you already have Outlook Express. Don't want it? Well, for no cost or obligation to send money later, you have the option to download Thunderbird from the Mozilla Foundation or a free version of Eudora from Qualcomm. Which of these three you end up using will depend on what you want from an e-mail client.

Conclusion
Outlook Express offers the bare necessities, but if you want to move beyond that, you're going to want to choose either Thunderbird or Eudora. Thunderbird's strongest point is its expandability through user-supplied extensions that you can download. It's also the only application that includes a spam filter, and will be attractive to open-source advocates. However, if you're looking for a strong, full-featured program, don't mind a reasonable learning curve, and can live with the ads, then the Sponsored mode of Eudora is your choice.
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June 27, 2005 02:11 PM | Posted in Mozilla

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Outlook Express:
"One thing that Outlook and Outlook Express do have in common is the way they display messages that contain graphics or enhanced text. Both programs render graphics by using Microsoft Internet Explorer's HTML rendering engine, ensuring a seamless, well-integrated approach to displaying graphics and linking to Web pages."
seamless? well-integrated? And after this paragraf:
"One important note: Outlook Express is subject to some of the same security risks as Outlook and Internet Explorer, including the possibility of malicious code being executed within HTML e-mail."

"Although not a full-featured contact management system, Outlook Express does have an address book that allows you to store names, street addresses, phone numbers, and other information along with e-mail addresses."
wow!

"There is some good security news about Outlook Express. The popularity of both Outlook and Outlook Express has spawned a number of plug-in or companion programs."
And ofcourse an outlook express user will know how and where to find these.

Thunderbird:
"Like Outlook Express, Thunderbird has a clean, uncluttered interface, making it easy to install and use."
Obviously he hasn't been in the options or accounts.

"The program's developers also brag that it has great spam filters however, my tests didn't find that to be the case. Yes, over time it the spam filters do an increasingly better job at trapping junk mail as you train it, but out of the box, the filters are not as good as some of the commercial filtering programs that work with Outlook Express. (However, they are free.)"
The writer must have no idea he has to train his spamfilter himself.

According to the writer the 'safety claims" of thunderbird are based on: not using IE, digital signing, message encryption, support for certificates and security devices and ofcourse thunderbird being 'new'.

"Like Microsoft Outlook (not Express), it offers "saved search folders" that make it easy to find messages that meet certain criteria, such as who it came from or the contents of the subject line."
clueless

don't even get me started on the Eudora nagware or adware versions.

Comment by Fergy at June 27, 2005 03:29 PM | Permalink

I migrated form OE to Eudora. One night, I wanted to send an HTML table as part of a message. Eudora could not do it. Furthermore, the Eudora enthusiasts told me I was wrong for not wanting to send it as an attachment. I am now using Firebird.

Comment by Ian Ornstein at June 28, 2005 03:00 PM | Permalink

Agree. Firebird rocks :)

Comment by Mary at July 1, 2005 10:43 AM | Permalink

Well, I think you should always have up to date email backups. I used to do it manually by saving the .dbx files, until I found http://www.amicutilities.com/outlook-express-backup - Outlook Express Backup Genie that does it automatically at regular times.

I choused it over other because it can work with both MS Outlook and Outlook Express

Alicia

Comment by Alicia at July 29, 2006 04:21 AM | Permalink

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