Mozilla Thunderbird is a cross-platform email client that includes a news reader and a chat module, while it is also able to manage multiple email accounts with advanced message filtering.
Simple setup and clear-cut environment
The installation process is easy-to-follow, it only requires you to press a few “Next” buttons, after which you can get started on managing your e-mail identities.
Thunderbird sports a modern, yet user-friendly interface that concentrates all of the software’s functions in a few menus. Popular features such as writing a new email, chatting or search are made available from a quick access toolbar.
Impressive security features and support for multiple tabs
Managing e-mail accounts with Thunderbird is really easy. You can open messages in new tabs, you can use labels to mark important messages and you can read news without ever leaving its interface.
In terms of security, Thunderbird is no less disappointing. The Junk email filters blocks dangerous content, while the anti-phishing feature prevents your passwords and data from being stolen. Thunderbird’s security engine also includes digital signatures, certificates and encryption.
Chat with others and add extensions
The chat feature allows you to communicate with your friends in an easy and comfortable manner (it supports XMPP, IRC, Google Talk and Twitter). You can add new contacts, join a chat room and customize your status.
The last, but not the least of Thunderbird’s many advantages is that it is highly customizable. New features can be added via extensions, just like in Firefox’s case. The overall look and feel can also be changed by using themes or skins.
In conclusion, Thunderbird gets a thumbs-up from us. It allows you to manage multiple email identities, it can be used to chat and read news, and it can be adjusted to your needs with the help of add-ons. The response time is good, the system’s performance is not going to be hampered and we did not come across any errors or crashes in our tests.
Also available: Portable Thunderbird