Email: Outlook 2007, Thunderbird 2.0, or web-based?

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  1. veri

    veri Registered Member

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    What's your poison?

    I've been using Outlook 2007 since it was still beta 2 pre-TR, and I find a lot to like about it.

    I used to use Thunderbird around v1.0 all the time, as well, but eventually switched when I got into beta-testing the MS product.

    I love the to-do functions and calendar that Lightning+Thunderbird hasn't yet caught up to, and I don't think we can Bluetooth transfer contacts over from the address book to our cell phones in Thunderbird, so those are the two biggies keeping me from switching over to TB (or just keeping abreast of things another way and sticking with a web client only).

    Just curious as to what you all are doing for your email and why.
     
  2. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

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    Thunderbird 2.0 hands down. There is no contest.:thumb: use web mail for trash
     
  3. ErikAlbert

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    Thunderbird : faster, safer, etc... and I can move its profiles folder to my data partition to keep my emails, email-address-books, ... away from my 'dangerous' system partition, which is constantly attacked by alienware. :)
     
  4. farmerlee

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    I've always used web based email. I have one for personal stuff and another for everything else. I like how i can access my emails from anywhere plus i can also access and store files as well. Simple and convenient.
     
  5. Legendkiller

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    no matter how good thunderbird is........i still like web-based email...........maybe i am too used to it now...
     
  6. HAN

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    IMO, for the work environment, Outlook 2003/2007 are very tough to beat. I never cared for Outlook until 2003 came on the scene. Much better interface, native junk filtering and on and on. The integration of Contacts, Email and Calendars is very smooth.

    That said, at home I have ran Thunderbird for quite a while and in that environment, I don't think I'd use anything else. (The lone exception would be if I ran a Windows Mobile PDA.) IMO, it's safer to use than Outlook (which is a bigger/better target in a malware writer's eyes) and is much simpler to setup and run.

    This all said, based on the items you noted, my guess is that until Mozilla has their calendar apps Thunderbird/Lightning or Sunbird farther along (which you already know about) http://www.mozilla.org/projects/calendar/ you would likely be happier with Outlook...
     
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    The upcoming Windows Live Mail Desktop looks promising.
    I like it that my addressbook is stored online, solves any synching problem. :thumb:
    It supports POP3, IMAP4 and Live Hotmail.
     
  8. RobZee

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    I have used Thunderbird at various times in the past and liked it - spam filtering, etc. However, I need to be able to access my email from various computers away from my home & therefore have been using & am very satisfied with AT&T Yahoo! Mail. Yahoo has been improving over the years & has ample storage allowances.
     
  9. Cerxes

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    You could also use both a web mail service and a desktop client together by using forwarding. /C.
     
  10. rdsu

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    I use a web mail account, and Thunderbird for a personal and professiona account...
     
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    As you know, Outlook is much more than an email client, so it's not fair to compare it to the likes of Thunderbird or web-based email (that is, unless you just use Outlook's email client).

    Besides its email client, I find Outlook's calendaring options, tasks and notes to be one of my most useful PC apps. Seeing that you already have Outlook, why would you even consider switching to something else?
     
  12. InfinityAz

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    I think Thunderbird is great but keep coming back to keeping everything in one system (i.e., Outlook with email, calendar, contacts, to-do, notes, syncing with web and smartphone, etc.). Plus, I can still access my email via any web browser when I don't have Outlook access.
     
  13. huntnyc

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    If I could easily use Outlook 2003 and have automated templates for recurring text in email without having to buy add-in, I would probably still be using Outlook 2003 but have turned to what I use in my sig which is not covered in scope of this topic. I would like to have templates in Outlook and be able to use rules to automate things by responding to emails with various premade templates. If anyone knows of any good solutions for this, tha towuld be interesting.

    Gary
     
  14. WSFuser

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    I use both webmail and Thunderbird. Webmail to read my normal email and Thunderbird handles the spam.
     
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    Same here. :thumb:
    I use what works for Linux and (when the need arises) Windows.
     
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    I use web based email for all of my personal use. I do use Outlook 2003 at work. I don't use any installed email programs (even Outlook Express) because I don't want to fill up my hard drive with spam and anything else if I can help it.
     
  17. TonyW

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    I've never used Outlook although I did look at my Mum's 2003 version when I was in South Africa recently. I used to use Outlook Express, but switched to Thunderbird a few moinths ago.

    I don't think v2 of Thunderbird is out yet though, is it?
     
  18. WSFuser

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    its been out for about a month ;)
     
  19. TonyW

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    Oops, you're right! I haven't looked at their Thunderbird page in ages, and I was away for most of April. The updater on my v1.5 doesn't tell me there's anything new to update anyway so I figured there wasn't a newer version. Perhaps they don't do that for a major release.
     
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