Thunderbird

Thunderbird

Web site: www.thunderbird.net
Category: Network
Subcategory: Email Clients
Platform: Linux, OS X, Windows, Portable
License: MPL
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C, C++, CSS, JavaScript, Rust, XBL, XUL
First release: July 28, 2003
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Thunderbird (previously: Minotaur) – a free, safe, fast, easy to use email client which has lots of features including quick message search, customizable views, support for IMAP/POP, RSS support and more. It lets you manage as many email accounts as you like from one convenient locations. It’s very flexible and can be expanded via plugins that fill any holes in its feature set. Thunderbird also offers support of newsgroup, news feed, and chat (XMPP, IRC, Twitter) client. The vanilla version was not originally a personal information manager (PIM), although the Mozilla Lightning extension, which is now installed by default, adds PIM functionality.

Main features:
– mail account setup wizard
– personalized email addresses
– one-click address book is a quick and easy way to add people to your address book
– attachment reminder
– multiple-channel chat
– tabbed email lets you load emails in separate tabs
– searching the Web without having to leave Thunderbird
– quick filter toolbar
– the search interface in Thunderbird contains filtering and timeline tools
– message archive for archiving old emails
– large files management lets you share large files with Thunderbird Filelink
– skins and add-ons support
– smart folders help you manage multiple email accounts by combining special folders like your Inbox, Sent, or Archive folder
– support for user privacy and remote image protection
– protects you from email scams which try to trick users into handing over personal and confidential information by indicating when a message is a potential phishing attempt
– automated update
– junt mails filtering
– open-source model
– portable version is available

Unofficial ports are available for FreeBSD, OpenBSD, OS/2 and eComStation.

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