Top Five E-Mail Software Alternatives To Microsoft OutLook

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Anyone familiar with e-mails and the workplace is expected to know about Microsoft Outlook. But aside from Outlook there are other e-mail clients that work just as well maybe even more suitably. Some of which are listed in this post:

Microsoft Mail: Mail, which was added a few versions of Windows ago, was always seen as the “Outlook Lite” (after all, it did grow out of the earlier Outlook Express). But updates have continued to add an impressive amount of functionality until, now on Windows 10, the Mail app is all grown up, and ready to compete against its big brother.

Essentially, any major function you can use on Outlook is also available on Mail. You have an integrated calendar app, scheduling system, and contact list that sync across devices. Perhaps best of all, you can link any major email account to Mail, including Outlook.com, Gmail, iCloud, and any other POP or IMAP account you have. Accounts can be juggled and micromanaged in several different cloud-powered ways.

Mail does trade some traditional Outlook features for newer, more streamlined options. There’s a swipe feature borrowed from the smartphone world, a Conversation mode to expand email conversations, and a couple other tricks worth exploring. However, if you prefer Outlook’s system of filtering and designation, the Mail features may be more annoying than not.

Inky

Inky is an email client for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS. Developed in 2008 by Arcode, Inc, based in Bethesda, Maryland, Inky was designed to be a simplistic email client that allows users to view all of their email accounts together on one screen. Inky works with any IMAP or POP account including Yahoo! Mail, AOL Mail, Gmail, and Windows Live Hotmail.

One of Inky’s main features is its smart views and relevance sorting, which simplify the email process. Inky automatically organizes emails, and sorts social updates, daily deals, subscriptions and other non-critical messages into individual folders.

Thunderbird

Thunderbird is an email, newsgroup, news feed, and chat (XMPP, IRC, Twitter) client. The vanilla version is not a personal information manager, although the Mozilla Lightning extension adds PIM functionality. Additional features, if needed, are often available via other extensions.

Thunderbird can manage multiple email, newsgroup, and news feed accounts and supports multiple identities within accounts. Features such as quick search, saved search folders (“virtual folders”), advanced message filtering, message grouping, and labels help manage and find messages. On Linux-based systems, system mail (movemail) accounts are supported.

Thunderbird incorporates a Bayesian spam filter, a whitelist based on the included address book, and can also understand classifications by server-based filters such as SpamAssassin.

Mailbird

In the digital age when you need to be connected all the time, Mailbird makes it simpler for you by adding third party apps that you can use directly inside Mailbird. It even helps you develop your professional network by integrating a one click ‘LinkedIn Lookup’ feature.

The integration with popular productivity apps may be invaluable in your line of work. However, note that many features are hidden behind a paywall. The free version offers a streamlined experience, but for all email features (such as the speed reader, snooze email, and more) you’ll need to pay $9 per year or around $34 for a lifetime subscription – not bank-breaking by any means, but something to remember.

Claws Mail

Claws Mail is a free and open source, GTK+-based email and news client. It offers easy configuration and an abundance of features. It stores mail in the MH mailbox format and also the Mbox mailbox format via a plugin. Claws Mail runs on both Windows and Unix-like systems such as Linux, BSD, Solaris. It is included with Gpg4win, an encryption suite for Windows.

Claws Mail provides many features among them are: Search and filtering, Security (GPG, SSL, anti-phishing), Import/export from standard formats, External editor, Templates, Foldable quotes, Per-folder preferences, Face, X-Face support

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