Thunderbird 8.0

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

Download: Thunderbird 8.0 for Windows | 15.2 MB (Freeware)
Download: Thunderbird 8.0 for Linux | 17.2 MB
Download: Thunderbird 8.0 for Mac OS | 33.5 MB
View: Release Notes | Thunderbird Website

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Man I dunno about you guys but as an IT and Website designer I can't live without TB and its plugins. Been using it for 2+ years and though its not quite as good as it should be I would rather use webmail than outlook.

I also use Thunderbird everyday and it is a bliss to use. I can just copy 2 folders and ALL my emails and settings are intact. For example I just reinstalled windows a couple weeks back and then copied thunderbird program files and my profile back into windows and my settings and emails are instantly the way they were before.

I switched from Outlook 2003 to Thunderbird about 6 months ago when I moved to Ubuntu as my primary OS. From a looks point of view, it does look bad on most platforms however, Ubuntu have made it look pretty in 11.10's Unity.

There are pro's and con's to both mail clients. I boot into Windows once in a while and I am able to share the same Thunderbird profile between both OS' which is boss.

I use Thunderbird every day. Previously, at work, I use Outlook, which is great for corporate environment, but for SMB, it is a bit too much.
At home, I used to run Windows Mail inside Windows 7 (that's right!, because I dislike the new Windows Live Mail Desktop client, so I had to hack and get Windows Mail back in place).

Last year, I switched to a Mac, but because I have emails from way back in 2001, I had to run Windows inside VMWare Fusion for awhile, so I could have my mails on "Windows Mail client". After a long research and some reading, I was able to migrate all my mails to Thunderbird (minus the email rules etc) on Windows platform. From there, I was able to migrate the whole profile folder over to the Mac (very seamless transition if you ask me).

So if you are like me, a Mac user stuck in Windows Mail, Thunderbird is definitely the way to go.

By the way, I did migrate my mails from Windows Mail to Outlook 2010 at some point, but the disk usage is over the twice the amount I had with Windows Mail (about 5 gig in Outlook 2010, compared to 2.x in Windows Mail). Under Thunderbird, the disk usage is about 3 gig

I use Thunderbird daily. With the Lightning and Google Provider extensions, it seamlessly integrates Gmail and Google Calendar, so now my desktop, my laptop, and my Android phone all share the same email and calendar that can be accessed even when I don't have either of those handy. I tried going back to Outlook but it is still an unwieldy mess that I just don't need.

I use it, but I am a relatively undemanding user. I only use it for the basic email functionality. Combined inbox for few email accounts and sending of email. I dont even use contacts.
It seems very lightweight, starts up fast etc. Backing up and restoring on new system is fairly easy to, just have to copy the profile folder.

Nguyen07 said,
just like firefox, tb will remain ugly forever

Firefox looks pretty good since ff4, and has only been getting better (some nice small UI improvements in aurora)... But yeah thunderbird is ugly as hell in the latest versions, worst usage of aero I've ever seen.

I use to use this and loved it many many moons ago, but then I went back to Outlook which had so many more features for me that worked how I wanted it to.

My friends also followed the same path.

Does anyone actually use it anymore? I'd to keen to hear your thoughts on how it is these days

Dan~ said,
I use to use this and loved it many many moons ago, but then I went back to Outlook which had so many more features for me that worked how I wanted it to.

My friends also followed the same path.

Does anyone actually use it anymore? I'd to keen to hear your thoughts on how it is these days

I as well!

I stopped using it recently too, I think when Thunderbird 4.0 came out - whichever one brought with it the horrible cheap aero theme. Finally caved and went back to Outlook; sounds like I'm not alone either from what I read.

Dan~ said,
I use to use this and loved it many many moons ago, but then I went back to Outlook which had so many more features for me that worked how I wanted it to.

My friends also followed the same path.

Does anyone actually use it anymore? I'd to keen to hear your thoughts on how it is these days


Thinderbird and Firefox are IT/Helpdesk dream, because of easy servicing. Just copy one folder. Trying to backup Outlook (Express) - you need to not only copy mail files/folders, but also you need to export contacts and account settings, which can be difficult/impossible when system is crashed.

Also, TB is free, Outlook not.

Ulpian said,


Thinderbird and Firefox are IT/Helpdesk dream, because of easy servicing. Just copy one folder. Trying to backup Outlook (Express) - you need to not only copy mail files/folders, but also you need to export contacts and account settings, which can be difficult/impossible when system is crashed.

Also, TB is free, Outlook not.

I agree with this, Outlook is just wack in so many ways. Thunderbird is much more reponsive and just seems a whole lot quicker. It has great free addons as well which is a bonus.

Dan~ said,
I use to use this and loved it many many moons ago, but then I went back to Outlook which had so many more features for me that worked how I wanted it to.

My friends also followed the same path.

Does anyone actually use it anymore? I'd to keen to hear your thoughts on how it is these days

I most certainly do still use this. Was a longtime Eudora user back in the day and switched to Thunderbird since it's inception and never looked back. You could never pay me to use Outlook. Simple as that.