Mailbird for Windows released, offers a Gmail-oriented client

There are dozens of email clients out there, and they've all got one claim to fame or another. Mailbird is another one to add to the list, but it's backed with the expertise of the Sparrow team - you know, the guys who made the now-famous OS X and iOS email applications.

At the moment it's in open beta, but it might not seem that way. You've got to go to the site and enter your email address, then from there you can download the installer. It's strange but when you start the client you'll also get a brief tutorial on how it all works.

It's capable of handling only one account so far, but it isn't completed and we'd expect additional account support in the future. The design is quite refreshing; you'll see a few visual cues from Sparrow along the left-hand side, and a more conventional layout for the rest.

The client seems to be using Mozilla's Thunderbird code-base, for it shares some similarities and mixes in a few UI changes of its own. This wouldn't be surprising since Mailbox does the same. Mailbird allows you to pre-order the Pro version in addition, getting a 25% discount when it arrives.

Mailbird Pro contains all the professional and advanced features of Mailbird, as well as the option to turn off ads and exclude Mailbird branding from signatures.

So far there's no branding or advertising within the program, but this might be controversial to include. Subscription to Mailbird Pro is an annual thing, costing £8.16 (€9.67 / $12.43) normally - but currently available for £6.12 (€7.25 / $9.32).

Take a look at our gallery for a little glimpse at the UI.

Source: Get Mailbird

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Gmail oriented client?

..Why not just use Gmail?

I've had thunderbird installed since v3, but I've only run it just to backup my mail in case something goes wrong (service shutdown, compromise, etc.). Never was one of those outlook express people; always been a webmail person; doubt that will ever change unless I actually need to manage multiple accounts at the same time (Google is fiddly with that; can't use my gmail and google apps account at the same time in the same browser)

Also, Mailbird is an amazing E-mail client that's really easy to use and beautiful to look at. And Mailbox does not use Thunderbird's code-base since Mailbox is a mobile application, not a desktop application. Postbox uses Thunderbird's code-base.

Meh, no thanks. I'll just continue to use the built in app in the start screen for my email, works a lot better.

The reason it asks you for your name and email is so that the CEO and Founder can give you a free 6 month Pro license during the beta.

Great article.
Just to clarify: Mailbird is not affiliated with the Sparrow team, and does not use the Thunderbird back-end code base.
Mailbird has been developed from scratch and uses it's own (ultra) fast back-end

There are many great reasons to pay for a product (good quality and great service being some).
We'll post a great blog post on this within 1-2 hours.
See more here: http://www.getmailbird.com/blog/

Just press Shift-F1. It gives you an additional option that says "Show "Powered by Mailbird" at the end of new messages". Uncheck it. The branding will then be removed from the end of any new messages you send.

Michael Bodekaer Jensen said,
Great article.
Just to clarify: Mailbird is not affiliated with the Sparrow team, and does not use the Thunderbird back-end code base.
Mailbird has been developed from scratch and uses it's own (ultra) fast back-end

There are many great reasons to pay for a product (good quality and great service being some).
We'll post a great blog post on this within 1-2 hours.
See more here: http://www.getmailbird.com/blog/

I thought it wasn't using Thunderbird's code-base.

Last time I tried that it wouldn't let me use outlook.com as the domain for a Hotmail account (could get mail only through IMAP/POP). I don't need it now thankfully since Outlook 2013 has EAS built-in.

If you do not want Mailbird branding in your signature, just press Shift-F1 and it will show the options dialog which gives you the ability to remove the Mailbird branding from your signature. Hope this helps you!