Takeaway: If you’re looking for an email client to replace Outlook, you’re in
luck: Many solid alternatives are available. Jack Wallen lists five top contenders.
Outlook is, hands-down, the most popular email client among the business set.
And with good reason. It connects to Exchange, which allows businesses to
aspects of how and what their users can manage, use, and control. It also allows
the sharing of things like calendars and contacts. But not all businesses
businesses) employ Exchange. For them, there are plenty of alternatives to
Outlook. Even businesses that do have Exchange may use an alternative to connect
to a groupware
server. Let’s take a look at a few of these alternatives and see what they have
Thunderbird is one of the best of the alternative email clients. It benefits
from the strength of Firefox, provides plenty of add-ons, includes a great
offers a powerful address book, makes use of an attachment reminder, and has
plenty of built in security features. Thunderbird is also one of the more stable
available, and it’s cross platform. With its user-friendly tabbed interface,
Thunderbird makes working within the realm of digital communications simple.
Plus, it is possible to
connect Thunderbird to Exchange.
2: Zimbra Desktop
Zimbra Desktop is a unique take on the desktop email client. Although you won’t
be connecting Zimbra to an Exchange server with ease (there are reports that it
though), you can connect Zimbra to a host of other services. One feature that
sets Zimbra apart is its ability to connect to social networking sites, such as
Twitter. Zimbra can connect to Mail, Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, and a number of
other third-party email hosts. The interface takes getting used to, but once you
you’ll find it quite powerful and useful.
3: Claws Mail
Claws Mail is simply one of the fastest, most configurable email clients
available. Now you won’t be connecting Claws Mail to an NTLM-based Exchange
server any time soon (or
maybe ever). But if you don’t need Exchange support and you’re looking for an
alternative email client that can do just about anything else, Claws might be
one of your best
solutions. With a good number of plug-ins, an incredible configuration tool, one
of the fastest start times of any email client, multitple MH folder support, Mbox
import/export, external editor, built-in GnuPG support, and support for SSL over
POP3, SMTP, IMAP4rev1, and NNTP protocols, Claws Mail makes any power user
it’s not just for power users. With its easy-to-use interface, it can also
satisfy the new user.
4: eM Client
eM Client is fully optimized to run on Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7. It can
connect to third-party POP/IMAP servers like Hotmail, Yahoo, and Gmail and
other email clients, and it offers a full-featured calendar that can even sync
your Gmail calendar or your mobile device. Messages can be tagged, searched, and
with an interface that’s easy to navigate. eM Client also contains a powerful
tool that lets you share contacts with other users, and it can Sync your Google
won’t be connecting eM Client to Exchange, but you will enjoy a feature-rich,
easy- to-use email client.
5: Pegasus Mail
Being one of the oldest email clients on the block has its advantages. Pegasus
Mail offers an incredibly rich community and a stability not found in other
clients. And unlike
some other email clients, Pegasus Email has a rigid adherence to standards. One
of the most impressive claims from Pegasus Mail is that it will protect you from
even the worst
HTML-borne viruses and exploits. That is a bold claim, but one it can back up.
Pegasus Mail can’t connect to Exchange. But if you don’t use Exchange and you
want an email
client that will help prevent infection from HTML-mail sources, Pegasus Mail
might well be the solution.
If you’re exploring Outlook alternatives, give the above clients a try. Although
not every client will connect with Exchange, they make up for it in flexibility,
What Outlook replacements have you used? Are there any you would definitely add
to (or exclude from) this list?