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With the news that Mozilla will no longer be developing its long-standing email client, there will undoubtedly be a lot of disappointed Thunderbird users out there. Worry not: ZDNet has put together a list of five alternative desktop email clients that can be used in place of the venerable software.
In general, we've gone for similarly open-source multi-platform clients, eschewing native options such as Microsoft Outlook or Apple Mail. All testing was done a Windows XP machine, so the clients may look slightly different depending on which platform you are using.
Opera Mail comes integrated into the Opera web browser. It provides a powerful collection of integrated options for organising messages. For example, it can identify all emails with attachments and display these in a separate box on the side of the screen, and even sub-divide them according to the kind of attachments they contain.
Like all self-respecting email clients, it will sync with Outlook and Microsoft Exchange, as well providing a very easy set-up and sync of web-based services like Gmail and Hotmail. It also supports shortcuts, allowing you to skip through a loaded inbox with ease.
We also liked the speed with which it imported our old emails, something competitors like Sea Monkey took, much, much longer to do.
Opera Mail is available for free for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Screenshot: Ben Woods/ZDNet