You may have already switched from Internet Explorer to Mozilla's Firefox. But are you ready to ditch Outlook and try Mozilla's Thunderbird mail client?
Mozilla Thunderbird is Mozilla's award-winning and free solution to manage your mail more efficiently. And there are many advantages to switching to it too. The program can handle virtual identities and create on-the-fly addresses and it's widely regarded as having one of the best spam filters out there. The fact that like Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird can be extended with all manner of extensions make it an extremely competitive mail client.
Setting up Mozilla Thunderbird is painless. You can quickly import your mail and contacts from your Outlook or Mail account and set up POP3 or IMAP accounts in a jiffy. To stay well organized, Mozilla Thunderbird offers filters to deliver your mail into separate folders and inboxes. And of course, there's an in-built spell checker to make sure that your mails are professionally crafted.
What makes Mozilla Thunderbird slightly more unusual is the fact that it comes with an integrated RSS reader. Nowadays, this is a little outdated because many people use a separate application - or even Firefox itself - to follow RSS feeds but it may be useful if you only want to mail and follow RSS feeds at the same time when composing mails.
On the downside, Mozilla Thuenderbird is lacking some finesse in certain areas. Thunderbird still doesn't have conversation style email views like in Gmail and there aren't many options for managing attachments and photos. It also doesn't support Windows 7 which seems to be a bit of a glaring error by Mozilla but it will surely be supported in the final rlease.