Download of the day: Mozilla Thunderbird

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Thunderbird

If you're looking for a new email client, give Mozilla Thunderbird a try – it comes with some excellent features and tons of extensions to make it even better.

Why you need it

There are plenty of webmail options out there, but if you want a desktop client, there are few better than Mozilla Thunderbird.

Coming under the trusted Mozilla brand, Thunderbird comes with everything you'd want from an email client – robust message management, a beefy spam filter and easy migration options.

Aside from all the standard stuff, it has the added extension functionality that Mozilla products are famed for. It's also got lots of nice touches, such as the attachment reminder, which prompts you to attach a file if you've mentioned it in your message but forgotten to actually clip it to the email.

In terms of layout, Thunderbird follows Firefox's lead and has a handy tabbed interface. This is an especially useful feature in an email client, as it allows you to keep track of several conversations at once when writing a message that applies to all of them. You can easily check several messages and make sure you've covered all the bases when writing your reply.

There's even more to Thunderbird – automatic updates, smart folders, a message archive and much more – so give it a try and find out how much it can do.

Key features

  • Works on: PC, Mac, Linux
  • Versions: Free
  • Organise your mail: Thunderbird makes email management easy, thanks to its smart folders, powerful search and excellent layout
  • Extend it: Mozilla programs are famous for their huge range of extensions, and Thunderbird is no different, letting you extend your experience in all kinds of ways
  • Extra features: You'll discover plenty of nifty extras, such as the attachment prompt and one-click address book

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