Inspired by my own post – and because I finally decided to install a mail client on my new PC – I decided to give Thunderbird 3 a go. I’m not going into details here – reviewing something like a mail client isn’t my thing – but I thought that I’d share my first impression.
- As always; the download is small (<10 mb). The installation was fast and painless.
- Configuring a new account is relatively easy. For well-known providers; like Gmail, all you have to do is provide your password and e-mail address. Although an option to choose between POP3 and IMAP would have been nice…
- Tabs! You can now open stuff, like e-mails, in tabs. I’m a fan of tabs, so I’m already loving it.
- A new “Preview” window shows your e-mail content; even for multiple news. Which made it easy for me to confirm that those 1044 messages in my “Trash” folder were indeed spam.
- Smart folders: Smart Folders sort your e-mails differently. For example, there’s an “Inbox” which collects all e-mails. But you can still open inboxes for individual accounts. The same applies for other folders, like “Trash”, Spam; etc. etc. I’ll need some time to get used to the idea, but I can see some potential here.
All in all, it looks like Thunderbird 3 is a solid choice for a mail client. But don’t take my word for it, try it yourself.