Evolution is one of the software solutions that were created to bring for Windows users the power of Linux, as this particular application was designed to deliver emails right on the desktop for Linux users.
Since it is now ported and Windows-compatible, anyone can try and see if it can actually do everything regular email clients can. From the get-go, setting up Evolution is not too different from other similar software.
The application comes with a configuration wizard but it loads only after you successfully install the application. To use it, just follow a coupe of simple steps and write down your email account information.
While the interface is very clean and easy to use, just like it's the case with the most powerful email clients on the market, Evolution loses a lot of ground when it comes to the way it flirts with the operating system.
We've tried it on our Windows 7 testing machine and although it initially worked pretty smoothly, it then crashed every once in a while. Plus, Evolution became unresponsive sometimes and there's no other choice but to kill the process from the 'Task Manager'.
If you get past the errors and occasional hangs, you can enjoy the email management features as well as the powerful calendar and information management abilities.
Even though it is designed to serve as an Outlook replacement, there's a lot of work to be done until Evolution can even come close to that level. Its crashes and difficulties in getting along with Windows make it suitable for only for tests at this time as it is not appropriate for production use just yet.