Thunderbird 3.1.6

Thunderbird is a great email client from the same people who brought you the Firefox browser.

Thunderbird gives you IMAP/POP support, a built-in RSS reader, support for HTML mail, powerful quick search, saved search folders, advanced message filtering, message grouping, labels, return receipts, smart address book LDAP address completion, import tools, and the ability to manage multiple e-mail and newsgroup accounts.

  • Tabbed email
  • An Archive feature similar to the one in GMail
  • Lightning fast search
  • Smart folders


  • Fixes a critical security issue that could potentially allow remote code execution. This issue does not affect email or newsgroups but could be triggered through browser-like features or add-ons.

Download: Thunderbird 3.1.6 | Other Systems & Languages | 9 MB (Freeware)
View: Release Notes | Thunderbird Website

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I used to think webmail would never replace email client software and POP/IMAP, but I haven't opened an email client in months, and I haven't regularly used one in...years now, huh. Webmail is just too fast, and even 'instant' client software spends a noticable amount of time refreshing and syncing with your inbox when you launch it--time that you never have to spend when checking a website.

I don't even like setting up the email client on my Android phone. The game of syncing or--worse--downloading the contents of my inbox is tiresome and a little frustrating (with the exception of Gmail, the app for which is more like a reformatting of the website than the tedium of an email client).

I guess this is okay, though, if you absolutely must have a software client for your POP/IMAP. Everything just feels like a downgrade after a year of Digsby's email notification and quick inbox management mixed with web access.