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What is your favorite lightweight email client for Windows?
Asked by bjepson
Posted Nov 22 2009 02:27 PM
In what is a semi-annual ritual, I just repaved my Eee PC 900 (it was dualbooting Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10) and I'm going to try running XP on it for a while. My first instinct is to install Thunderbird, and I probably wouldn't be unhappy with that, but I was wondering what email clients others have tried: Claws for Windows? Alpine? I'm interested in something that uses few resources, doesn't suck down every single email message just because you opened the folder, and makes great use of screen real estate.
Answered by msilver
Posted Dec 02 2009 08:23 PM
People still use offline email clients?
I guess of the windows email clients I've seen, and after looking over your examples, I'd say that Claws Mail looks pretty good. I've used the Zimbra Desktop Client with a Zimbra Collaboration Suite account and with a POP3 account. It worked for me at the time.
Thunderbird is nice, because it allows you to curb your top-posting habits, and it has an open plugin architecture like Firefox.
My favorite email client of all time is Pine/Alpine, but for a lot of people, this isn't a good tool because they 1) get way too much email 2) have a hard time filtering and/or deleting their email, and then Pine gets cluttered and unusable. I just liked that I could spam the "d" key and mark messages as to-be-deleted very quickly and easily.
My 2nd favorite email client was Eudora 3, because it was almost as simple as Pine. No IMAP support, no HTML email (a plague upon the virtual land). You couldn't even set up more than one account. Awesome.
These days I just use the Zimbra web client for work and the Gmail site for personal mail, combined with an aggressive amount of filtering and deleting.