Why use an email client?

Yeah, I’ve been around. I remember what it was like before web-based email. To read email, you needed an email client, and it most likely was Outlook or Outlook Express. Then, we were introduced to web-based email, which really made things cool, because you could access your email from any computer. The programs became better and better and before long, I think we became accustomed to using web-based email exclusively.

In the past few postings, I’ve been writing about Thunderbird, an excellent email client. But why use an email client, you might ask, especially if you’ve been accessing your email online? There are many reasons, but here are some obvious ones:

  1. One click and you’ve accessed your email with an email client. Your username and password are included in your program, so you don’t need to enter them, as you sometimes need to do with a web-based client.
  2. You can access multiple email accounts through one interface. This is a HUGE timesaver. Instead of going to 3 separate email accounts, for instance, you access all of them and send your emails from any you have configured from one source.
  3. You have more options for composing email. Thunderbird has a QuickText feature, for instance, that you can use for common responses.
  4. You can read mail offline. Once you’ve connected with your email servers, you can always access your email, even when you’re offline. And, you can compose and save emails to send once you’re back online.
  5. With Thunderbird you can customize how you receive, organize, and read email.

There are five reasons why you might want to try out Thunderbird. With all of the extensions you can add (such as Lightening, the calendar add-on, and Provider (bi-directional calendar syncing with Google), you really should try it out. Once you realize that you only need to go to one place to get, read, organize, and respond to all of your email accounts, you’ll wonder what you will do with all that extra time.

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