I have a few email accounts from various email service providers like Yahoo, and Gmail. There are also client provided emails that I used for customer service purposes. But my biggest challenge, is not with the inboxes or accessing the webmail. My main concern have been the desktop email clients that i've been using to manage these emails. I have been running both Outlook 2010 and Thunderbird on my computer for quite some time now. There are times that I use Outlook and there are other times that I use Thunderbird. But after last weeks update to Thunderbird version 8.0 I've finally made my choice to keep it for good and trash Microsoft's Outlook 2010.

Here are a few things I'd like to highlight why you should consider getting Thunderbird.

It's Fast

Based on my experience, Thunderbird gets an upper hand when it comes to speed. I even tried compressing the pst files, repairing the inbox, removing all extensions like Xobni from Outlook, but for some reason, it simply wasn't picking up speed. I also noticed that Outlook is particularly slower in pulling emails from IMAP accounts, which I unfortunately prefer than POP access. My Thunderbird experience have so far been smooth and quick and less crashing incidents.

It's Free

This is of course without question, Thunderbird's biggest advantage against it's rival Outlook.  With Microsoft's email client, you need to invest at least $199  get a Microsoft Outlook 2010.

Tab Feature

Thunderbird's tab capability is one of my favorite feature. The ability to switch from one tab to the other with different email account on each is a big time saver.
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Easy switching of SMTP servers

If your internet provider or webhost provider's smtp is not very reliable you may need to re-setup your email with the working SMTP. With Thunderbird, you can input as many SMTP accounts then just switch them over as needed.

Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, a protocol for sending e-mail messages between servers. Most e-mail systems that send mail over the Internet use SMTP to send messages from one server to another; the messages can then be retrieved with an e-mail client using either POP or IMAP. In addition, SMTP is generally used to send messages from a mail client to a mail server. This is why you need to specify both the POP or IMAP server and the SMTP server when you configure your e-mail application.

It's Customizable

People simply love to personalize and this is something Thunderbird offers to its users.  There's plenty of room for customization with Thunderbird that can make your email experience a lot better and probably more productive. With Thunderbird, you can change skins much like the way you dress up your Firefox browsers with personas. You can also get some great add-ons to maximize your email experience. And there is a growing collection of really cool extensions to choose from. If you have a Wisestamp account, this is one thing you can continue to use without a hassle.

Now, I've said my piece, it's your turn? Are you a Thunderbird user or an Outlook fan?

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