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Five Things to Like About Mozilla Thunderbird

Ever since my Outlook crashed a few years ago due to its inability to cope with large volumes of e-mail, I switched to Mozilla Thunderbird. If you’re thinking about making Mozilla Thunderbird your default e-mail client, here are five good reasons to give it a try.

1. Webmail compatibility. With little effort, you can use Thunderbird to manage Yahoo! Mail, Gmail,, etc. This is great if you want to ditch the browser interface. 

2. Add-ons. With the wide variety of add-ons available at Mozilla’s Web site, you can make your copy of Thunderbird do pretty much anything you want. There’s an add-on to tell you the time all over the world, manage how your messages are quoted, and export all of your messages. These are just a few of the many add-ons you can install for your copy. 

3. Open-source advantages. You can create your own add-ons if you’re so inclined. You can also check out Thunderbird’s source code and make changes if you’d like. But even if you aren’t into programming, you benefit from the many Thunderbird users who’ve given their time and skills to this effort.

4. Multiple accounts. Manage all of your e-mail addresses with just a few mouse clicks. You can set global preferences that apply to them all – or individual preferences for each account. Either way, you have control over each account.

5. Price tag. Thunderbird is free – including the add-ons and other such things. You don’t have to pay to use this outstanding, amazing e-mail client. 

There are many other things to like about Thunderbird, but these are a few of the most important. You can download your own copy at and give it a test run. 

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