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#1 xKratosx

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 22:51

Hi all,

After using iMail and Sparrow on my girlfriend's Macbook, and even iCloud's online web interface, I'm after something a little nicer to view my Gmail messages in!

I've got absolutely loads of emails to sort through, so need something really simple to use, with an intuitive and simple interface... I've tried Windows Live Mail and it isn't brilliant (find it clunky/slow, considering it's a desktop app) and Thunderbird just feels really quite out-dated with a kinda ugly interface.

Any recommendations would be very much appreciated, thank you!


#2 Xilo

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 23:06

I use Windows Live Mail for 3 accounts... Never seemed clunky or slow to me... You could try Outlook.

If you have that much mail to sort through, why don't you set up rules/filters/etc?

#3 rajputwarrior

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 23:08

^ outlook is terrible with gmail IMAP. gmail IMAP doesn't fully conform to standards so a lot of email programs have problems with it. Outlook for whatever reason, had to download EVERY message on gmail, headers and the mssages itself, including the attachments, whenever i try to set it up. Plus it hangs sometimes on me when it's trying to receive a message. so annoying. I wish outlook and gmail played together better.

Hi all,

After using iMail and Sparrow on my girlfriend's Macbook, and even iCloud's online web interface, I'm after something a little nicer to view my Gmail messages in!

I've got absolutely loads of emails to sort through, so need something really simple to use, with an intuitive and simple interface... I've tried Windows Live Mail and it isn't brilliant (find it clunky/slow, considering it's a desktop app) and Thunderbird just feels really quite out-dated with a kinda ugly interface.

Any recommendations would be very much appreciated, thank you!


there's nothing like Mail and Sparrow for windows :( i stick with gmail online UI. best i've used so far on windows.

#4 Max Norris

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 23:09

There was another thread asking the same thing just the other day -- http://www.neowin.ne...nt-for-windows/
Most seemed to be favoring Outlook 2010, myself included. I hear you on T-Bird, they really need to get their act together on the interface. For me, not so much that it's fugly (which it is, but can be skinned) but the interface itself.. tabs or popups, jeez pick one and stick with it. It's horribly inconsistent across the board and not terribly intuitive, took a nosedive after v2.

#5 OP xKratosx

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 23:12

Yup after reading the site I had big hopes for the latest Thunderbird, but was very let down after a little while of using it.

Outlook 2010... meh, I use that every day at work and sadly find it quite horrific, it's such a shame there's no good e-mail client on Windows!

I have never actually tried Windows Live Mail with Gmail, but will do so now, I don't have very high hopes though sadly!

Thanks again

#6 Inertia

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 23:12

Outlook 2010 for me :-)

#7 Reacon

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 23:17

+1 more for Windows Live Mail.

You just need to give it a proper chance to explore all the corners of the software. It's really quite elegant and un-clunky as you get used to it. Outlook 2010 might give you a better experience, but it's not exactly free in legal circumstances.

I use WLM currently for all of my RSS feeds and two email accounts (hotmail and custom domain gmail). Gmail was a little odd to set up, so I'll give you the information:

Incoming: pop.gmail.com
Outgoing: smtp.gmail.com
Incoming port: 995 (check use SSL)
Outgoing port: 465 (check use SSL)
Check the box that says "Outgoing mail server requires authentication" in properties.

Hope it works for you.

Only quirk that I've had in using it daily is that Windows for some awful reason does not remember the window size and position when I set it by dragging it around. However, when you right click it on the title bar (top of the window), and click resize, it remembers the next time I start it up.

#8 migo

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Posted 21 October 2011 - 23:30

PostBox Express is the most efficient app I've ever used.

http://www.postbox-i...xpress_features

#9 UXGaurav

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 06:24

Duplicate thread of: http://www.neowin.ne...t-for-windows/? Anyways Outlook's HTML rendering engine is based on Word 2010 whereas Live Mail/Windows Mail's engine is the one IE9/IE10 installs.

#10 PGHammer

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 06:34

^ outlook is terrible with gmail IMAP. gmail IMAP doesn't fully conform to standards so a lot of email programs have problems with it. Outlook for whatever reason, had to download EVERY message on gmail, headers and the mssages itself, including the attachments, whenever i try to set it up. Plus it hangs sometimes on me when it's trying to receive a message. so annoying. I wish outlook and gmail played together better.



there's nothing like Mail and Sparrow for windows :( i stick with gmail online UI. best i've used so far on windows.


Then you have obviously not tried Outlook 2010 with GMail.

While Outlook 2007 did have issues dealing with GMail's odd IMAP settings, Outlook 2010 (even x64) does not - in fact, it configured itself automatically to use IMAP with GMail (which Outlook 2007 could not do).

#11 jesseinsf

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 07:11

+1 more for Windows Live Mail.

You just need to give it a proper chance to explore all the corners of the software. It's really quite elegant and un-clunky as you get used to it. Outlook 2010 might give you a better experience, but it's not exactly free in legal circumstances.

I use WLM currently for all of my RSS feeds and two email accounts (hotmail and custom domain gmail). Gmail was a little odd to set up, so I'll give you the information:

Incoming: pop.gmail.com
Outgoing: smtp.gmail.com
Incoming port: 995 (check use SSL)
Outgoing port: 465 (check use SSL)
Check the box that says "Outgoing mail server requires authentication" in properties.

Hope it works for you.

Only quirk that I've had in using it daily is that Windows for some awful reason does not remember the window size and position when I set it by dragging it around. However, when you right click it on the title bar (top of the window), and click resize, it remembers the next time I start it up.

Windows Live mail Auto sets up gmail.

#12 caerma

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 07:20

Outlook 2010 (Y)

#13 rajputwarrior

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 08:11


Then you have obviously not tried Outlook 2010 with GMail.

While Outlook 2007 did have issues dealing with GMail's odd IMAP settings, Outlook 2010 (even x64) does not - in fact, it configured itself automatically to use IMAP with GMail (which Outlook 2007 could not do).


i have. it doesn't sync your contacts either like sparrow and mac mail.

#14 c3ntury

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 12:09

Outlook 2010 for me :-)


This, brilliant program for email. Just a pity about GMail not working awfully well with it.

#15 Meena Bassem

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 16:29

well, i think you should give inbox2 a try