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Check your e-mail and more with Mozilla Thunderbird

Updated May 3, 2024

Are you looking for an e-mail program with a lot of features? One that has a calendar and task scheduler and can handle multiple e-mail addresses? Then look no further than Mozilla Thunderbird.

Check your e-mail and more with Mozilla Thunderbird

You have probably heard of Mozilla's popular web browser, Firefox, but did you know they also have a great e-mail program, Mozilla Thunderbird? It has some fantastic features, too.

Free e-mail programs usually lack the features of the corporate standard Microsoft Outlook. Even Outlook for Windows, the e-mail program that comes with Windows 11, has a limited feature set.

But Mozilla Thunderbird comes with all sorts of features right out of the box. It includes a calendar, an address book, and a task scheduler.

Account settings inside of Mozilla Thunderbird
Account settings inside of Mozilla Thunderbird

When it comes to e-mail, Mozilla Thunderbird can handle multiple e-mail addresses (POP or IMAP) and can send mail in either plain text or HTML format. You can also add signatures (HTML or plain text) for each e-mail account.

Mozilla Thunderbird includes an adaptive junk mail filter for each account; you have to train it using the Junk toolbar. You can also request return receipts, just like in Outlook.

There are also message filters similar to rules in Outlook so that you can automatically process mail as it comes in. You can also create folders and sub-folders for local storage.

When I compared Mozilla Thunderbird to Microsoft Outlook, I found they had almost identicall features. One of those features, just like Mozilla Firefox, is the ability to add more functionally with Add-ons. With Add-ons, you can extend what you can do with Mozilla Thunderbird.

Some Add-ons allow you to connect to a Gmail calendar, sync the address book with Gmail contacts, and create custom menus. And if you want to change the way Thunderbird looks, there are numerous themes too.

Thunderbird can import data from Microsoft Outlook, but you must have Outlook installed on the same computer to do it. Several add-ons claim they can import data from an Outlook PST file; you would have to install the add-ons and try them to see if they work.

Now, Thunderbird does have the ability to import data from Microsoft Outlook, but you have to have Outlook installed on the same computer to do it. There serveral add-ons that claim they can import data from a Outlook PST database, you would just have to install the add-ons and give them a try to see if they work.

There are versions of Mozilla Thunderbird that run on Windows 7 through Windows 11, Mac OS X 10.12 or later, and GNU/Linux. For a complete list of system requirements, see the link below.

As with Mozilla Firefox, Thunderbird is also open source and free for personal/commercial use. Mozilla is a non-profit organization that relies on donations. So, if you find Mozilla Thunderbird useful, donate to help support its ongoing development. Click here to go to their donation page.

For more information on Mozilla Thunderbird, follow the links below.

Mozilla Thunderbird

Mozilla Thunderbird - system requirements

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