Windows Live Mail

OverviewFeatures

A venerable email client that’s stood the test of time

Windows Live Mail was last updated in 2012, having been superseded by the Mail app in Windows 8 and 10. However, despite Live Mail’s comparatively old-fashioned appearance, the two programs are largely the same.

Windows Live Mail delivers the three-pane layout that many email users, including us, prefer to more modern but more minimal designs. It supports RSS and cloud-based email as well as POP3, and makes it easy to send attachments and work with multiple accounts.
If you like Microsoft’s way of doing things but find ultra-streamlined Windows 10 apps too limiting, the classic Windows Live Mail remains a sensible choice.

Windows Live Mail is an email client that comes as part of the Windows Live Essentials. It helps the users to manage emails from multiple accounts under a single easy-to-use interface. It can support Hotmail, Gmail, and Yahoo! Mail simultaneously. Windows Live Mail’s usability options can be further increased by installing add-ons. An add-on can be stated as a software extension that provides extra benefits or extends certain features of an application. Add-ons come with different benefits depending on the type of add-on installed. For example, Windows Live Mail Attachment Extractor is an add-on for Windows Live Mail that helps the users to extracts pictures or attachments present in the emails to a hard drive directory. Other add-ons for Windows Live Mail are Windows Live Mail Backup, Windows Live Mail Desktop, etc.
The below points help the users to find and install add-ons and resolve issues regarding add-ons on Windows Live Mail:
Using Setup CDs and websites
System compatibility
Add-on errors
Using Setup CDs and Websites
Add-ons can be installed with the Windows Live Mail through several options. Out of which the two important methods are downloading from websites and installing from Setup CDs. Support websites providing licensed add-ons are available in the market. Users can easily approach these websites and download the add-ons of their choice. The second method of Setup CDs offer direct installation of the add-ons. The users need to purchase a copy of the Setup CD from the manufacturer in order to install the add-ons.
System Compatibility
Before installing an add-on the user should be aware of the system requirements of the add-on that is about to be installed. If the minimum system requirement required by the installed add-on doesn’t match the configuration of the PC, then the add-on will not perform properly or completely. In such cases, installing a different version of the same add-on that supports your system configuration will fix the issue.
Add-on Errors
Add-ons may sometimes come with errors that cause improper functioning of Windows Live Mail or the add-ons itself. The latter one is a minor problem that will not affect the proper functioning of the Windows Live Mail. It just disables the add-on and all other functions associated to it. For example the MIDI background music will not function if Windows Media Player is not installed.

Thunderbird

OverviewFeatures

Plenty of features, and even more available with free extensions

Like Firefox, Thunderbird was created by the Mozilla Foundation (though development of the two has since been uncoupled). Like the web browser, its features can be extended and enhanced with a huge range of third-party add-ons.

Some of its excellent built-in features include the ability to link files that are too big to email and the ability to read RSS news feeds alongside your email.
Setup is straightforward; as with most modern email clients, all you need are your usernames and passwords, and Thunderbird takes care of the rest.

Software made to make email easier.
Thunderbird is a free email application that’s easy to set up and customize – and it’s loaded with great features!
Mail Account Setup Wizard
Prior to this feature you had to know your IMAP, SMTP, and SSL/TLS settings. Now all you need to provide is your name, email address, and password and the email account set up wizardry will check our database and find the email settings for you.
Personalized Email Addresses
Ever dreamed of having a personalized email address for you, your family or your business? Thunderbird makes this easy – you can sign up for a new email address within Thunderbird, and it will all be set up automatically for you ready to send and receive.

One-click Address Book
One-click Address Book is a quick and easy way to add people to your address book. Add people by simply clicking on the star icon in the message you receive. Two clicks and you can add more details like a photo, birthday, and other contact information.
Attachment Reminder
The attachment reminder looks for the word attachment (and other words like file types) in the body of your message and reminds you to add an attachment before hitting send.
Multiple-channel chat
Enjoy real-time conversation with your contacts, right from your favorite messaging application, with multiple supported networks. Thunderbird makes it easy to search through both past conversations and received emails.
Tabbed Email
Thunderbird replicates the new look and feel of Mozilla Firefox in an effort to provide a similar user experience across all Mozilla software desktop or mobile and all platforms.

Tabbed email lets you load emails in separate tabs so you can quickly jump between them. Tabs appear on the top of the menu bar providing a powerful visual experience and allowing the toolbars to be much more contextual.

Tabbed email lets you keep multiple emails open for easy reference. Double-clicking or hitting Enter on a mail message will open that message in a new tab.

When quitting Thunderbird, visible tabs will be saved and will be restored when you open Thunderbird the next time. There is also a Tab menu on the Tab toolbar to help you switch between tabs.

Opera Mail

OverviewWhat is Opera Mail

A flexible open source email client from the makers of the Opera browser

The developers of Opera have always considered email to be a key feature of any good browser, and have poured a great deal of effort into developing Opera Mail.

Its features include message templates – particularly handy for business use – message filtering and sorting, message sorting by type and a wide range of customisation options.
The client also imports RSS feeds, making it a good alternative to web apps like Feedly and the much-missed Google Reader.

Opera Mail – Email client
A lightweight, customizable mail client.
Opera Mail is a lightweight, customizable mail client.
Reading, labeling, and filtering messages has never been so easy.
More efficient mail
The way you read mail just got better. Elegant tabs allow you to view multiple emails messages at once and navigate between them with ease.
Work smarter, not harder
Threads help you smartly organize your mail. Keep up with the context of any mail thread, and quickly view previous messages in the conversation.
Sort messages intuitively
Labels allow you to sort your messages quickly. Take control of your inbox and set simple rules to sort mail automatically.
Keep up with your favorites
Opera Mail’s built-in feed reader provides automatic notification of updates to your favorite websites.

Inky

OverviewWHAt IS INKY

A free email client with one-time setup for all your devices

Inky’s free edition is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Android, and its one-time setup makes it the perfect email client for use across all three platforms.

After downloading and installing the client, you’ll be asked to create an Inky account. This links all your email addresses together, enabling you to access them from any device with Inky installed without the hassle of setting up POP and IMAP settings.

Once you’ve registered, setup is simple; enter the username and password for each account, and Inky takes care of the rest.
In everyday use, Inky is excellent, with a clever auto-tagging feature, intelligent filtering of message types (personal, subscriptions, social, notes and so on), very fast searching and cloud syncing between devices.

If you’re running Windows 7 or later and spend lots of time trying to find particular messages or threads, Inky could save you an enormous amount of time.

Inky®: Secure Email Made Easy
Inky by Arcode® Corporation makes exchanging encrypted and digitally signed email a breeze.
It’s as simple as regular email and works with any type of email account.

Free for gmail.com, iCloud, and outlook.com email accounts.
Low monthly fee for Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Google Apps, and other IMAP accounts.

Businesses who want to deploy Inky can set custom policies and protect email data when a device is lost or an employee leaves the company. To learn more or start a pilot of Inky for your team

Claws Mail

OverviewWhat is Claws Mail

A basic interface belies a powerful email tool for confident users

Claws isn’t hard to use, but is best suited to more experienced users who want to get stuck into its custom mail filtering and support for an unlimited number of email accounts.

Unlike the other clients here, Claws requires users to set up their POP3/IMAP settings manually. If you use Gmail, you may also need to adjust your Google account settings and grant access for potentially less safe applications – something you might well prefer to avoid.

Unusually for a modern email client there’s no option to send HTML messages – Claws is plaintext-only – but by omitting potentially unnecessary features, Claws can run at lightning speeds. Its search function is particularly good, and it’s expandable via plugins too.
It isn’t the prettiest email app, but Claws is a great free choice if you value substance over style. It’s also updated regularly, so bugs are stamped out quickly.

A new version of Claws Mail, the lightweight GTK+ email client, is now available for download.
Claws Mail 3.14.0 debuts a new ‘master passphrase’ feature.
It also makes some big changes to the way it stores passwords, as the official release notes explain:
“All passwords are now stored in a separate file, (~/.claws-mail/passwordstorerc), and use a stronger encryption than previously.
Existing passwords are moved to the new file automatically, in the old format. The new format will be used whenever old passwords are changed or when a Master Passphrase is used. All new passwords are saved using the new format, irrespective of whether a Master Passphrase is used or not.”
Elsewhere there are small tweaks to the compose window layout, the behaviour of mail forwarding, and the shortcut to view, show or hide the menubar has been changed to Ctrl + F12.
The SSL certificates list gains an automatic scrollbar, while double-clicking datasources in the address book now opens the edit dialogue.
HTML to plain text converter’ now uses a hyphen to denote list items, and indents text within block quotes.
Preferences also get an uptick with new options to set automatic mail checking in hours, minutes and seconds, while the notification plugin adds a ‘Get mail from account…’ option to its system tray menu.
For IMAP users the SASL ‘PLAIN’ and ‘LOGIN’ authentication methods have been added, and the ‘Move deleted mails to trash and expunge immediately’ option removed.
A number of bugs have also been fixed.
Claws Mail is free, open-source software. The latest version is available to download as source from the project website.