Mozilla Thunderbird vs. Microsoft Outlook

When choosing an email client, you have a number of issues to be addressed:

- Will this work with my client's email provider?
- Is easy to use?
- Do I like the user interface?
- Is it powerful enough for the needs of my mail?

Many people just stay with webmail clients, offering some convenience in the cost of customization and power. For those of us looking for more control over our inboxes however, third-party mail clients are the way forward. At present, plus two email clients I stay in most of them are Mozilla Thunderbird and Microsoft Outlook.

Thunderbird is free, and usually delivers what people want. The user interface is simple and tidy, the text editor has a rich variety of formatting options, it is relatively easy to configure, and most importantly, use an "extension" of the system similar to Firefox. For those not familiar with Firefox extensions are basically community-developed add-ons for the program to add or modify functionality. Thunderbird extensions can be used for a variety of things, from the creation of auto-response systems for automated and fully indexed address book of Inbox. Thunderbird is a program of weaknesses, although those used to other mail clients like Microsoft Outlook or Lotus Notes Email may have difficulty switching in the first place.

Prognosis tends to be what comes to mind when most people think of the customer "classic" email. Most people have experienced in one form or another, either as part of the Microsoft Office suite or just as the web-based Express Outlook. This really is a testament to the strength of the office, the vast majority of people or have experienced, or can learn to use it relatively quickly. Outlook is a bit less robust in features, but is on par, if not better than Thunderbird, the text editing / formatting options. As for the settings, Microsoft has done an excellent job in streamlining the installation process, and usually Outlook can be configured to any email service. When you can not, the Microsoft support community is there to provide guidance, effectively covering any issues that may arise.

Indeed the choice comes down to what you want, but Outlook can be easier to use and more friendly, if for no other reason Thunderbird Extensions offers more options for the user. It may be important to note, however, not everyone understands or wants extensions, which means that Outlook can be your best bet is the simplicity and the best policy.