8 Best Email Clients For Windows That Will Save You Time And Shoot Up Your Productivity

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The secret behind increased productivity is to use the available resources as efficiently as possible. The same goes for desktop based email apps. Having a dedicated email client not only helps you manage your inbox without having to fire up your web browser, it also lets you effectively handle multiple email accounts and as a result save a ton of your precious time. However, a lot of people simply get confused when it comes to picking the best email client for Windows operating system. While the best in this case may vary for each one’s own perspective, here’s a list of 8 free email apps that are worth checking out.

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1. eM Client

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eM Client is one of the best email clients for Windows which is also very popular. It supports very simple interface that makes it intuitive to use. The application can easily handle multiple email accounts, though the free version limits you to add up to two accounts only. This limitation aside, eM Client comes with many nifty features such as ability to import your emails, tasks, events and contacts from other email apps, SSL / TLS communication for full security, Skype support, easy account setup, support for Yahoo, Outlook, Gmail and other popular email services, and more.

Pros

  • A plethora of features for managing email, calendar, contacts and IMs
  • Easily handle multiple email accounts including Yahoo, Outlook and Gmail
  • Ability to import data from your current email app
  • An RSS widget and full Skype integration
  • Simple interface and user-friendly interface
  • Three different skins; Modern, Classic and Arctic

Cons

  • Free version only lets you add two email accounts
  • Cold boot takes a lot of time

2. Zimbra

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If you’re struggling to keep up with your emails then Zimbra is another handy option. What makes it standout from eM Client is its tab interface which makes it easier to jump to the required features it offers. Besides email accounts, Zimbra also allows you to keep a tab on your social media accounts including Facebook and Twitter. The interface may look outdated compared to today’s standards, but the application does a great job of managing your inbox and works great with services like Gmail, Yahoo and Microsoft exchange out of the box.

Pros

  • Works offline and online
  • Allows you to read email from POP or IMAP accounts including AOL and Outlook
  • Supports up to 20 different languages
  • Tabbed interface makes it easier to navigate
  • Unlimited email accounts support
  • Works on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux operating systems
  • Facebook and Twitter support

Cons

  • The GUI looks a bit outdated compared to today’s standards
  • The interface feels cluttered at times
  • High memory usage

3. Windows Live Mail

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With Microsoft’s Windows Live Mail app, you can easily manage and organize your different email accounts. This app is also one of the fastest desktop email clients I’ve seen. It loads up really fast – faster than both clients listed above – and boasts a dead simple UI. Windows Live Mail supports all popular email providers including Yahoo mail, Outlook and Gmail, as well as many other business email services. Besides email accounts, it lets you manage your calendars and contacts, even when you’re offline.

Pros

  • Light weight design makes it load up fast even on cold boot
  • Low memory foot print
  • Clean and simple interface
  • Support for all major email services;  Gmail and Yahoo mail
  • Lets you handle unlimited number of email accounts as well as calendar and contacts
  • Ability to manage RSS feeds

Cons

  • Not as feature-laden as many other alternatives

4. Opera Mail

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Opera Mail used to come built into the Opera web browser –  a well-regarded application on desktop and mobile –  but now Opera offers the email client as a full-fledged standalone program that is very powerful and have good amount of options.  If you’ve used Opera Next Mail, you’ll enjoy the same service, the only difference being not in the web browser anymore. It carries a plethora of options, supports all major IMAP and POP email services and its light weight design makes it a good fit even for old machines.

Pros

  • Extremely light weight design akin to Windows Live Mail
  • The tabbed interface is clean and simple
  • Support for regular mail (POP) and IMAP email accounts
  • Major services like Outlook, Gmail and Yahoo mail are all supported

Cons

  • Still a work-in-progress as of this writing
  • Not as many features as other email clients for Windows
  • Very little customization

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  • Ibrahim Al-tiay

    Thanks man, Inky looks so beautiful. Might give it a try since I’m sick of ugly webmail interfaces.

    • http://www.techattend.com/ Editorial Staff

      Hey Ibrahim. I’m glad you like it. :)

    • Chae

      Found inky to be way to slow in syncing even refreshing it’s on UI…was a pity as I quite liked the interface

      • Ibrahim Al-tiay

        Yeah actually a few weeks on I abandoned Inky because of performance issues. I’ve been using Sparrow since then (acquired by Google recently) and I’m liking it. Very nice interface also and I’m hoping Google will improve it even more.

        • Fred

          I hope you are right Ibrahim, although I wouldn’t count on google doing anything that could remotely be viewed as an improvement. You just have to look at gmail’s own clunky interface and functionality to see how incompatible google and “improvement” are.

  • Daniel Fernandes

    Great info! Congrats!

    • http://www.techattend.com/ Editorial Staff

      Hey Daniel. Thanks a million :)

  • Jonathan Rhodes Lee

    Thanks for the nice list–glad to see that there are other dedicated mail client people out there.

    But why did you leave Postbox off of your list? It picks up where Thunderbird left off.

    • Banjo Kazoey

      +1 for PostBox. I’ve been trying to find something better for years but it always comes out #1.

      • Jonathan Rhodes Lee

        Yeah, me too. There’s something aesthetically disappointing about postbox, and I’m always worried that it’s going to disappear, since nobody seems to use it. But its keyboard shortcuts are awesome, the conversation threading integrates PERFECTLY with Gmail (no other client I’ve ever used has done that, including all the Thunderbird addons that I’ve tried), and it handles my absurdly over-filled inbox without stuttering and struggling (like Thunderbird does). No, I don’t work for Postbox. Just a happy user.

  • ConfusedInCali

    Opera has or will be closing their doors soon, so the part about Opera is no longer valid.

    Why isn’t Thunderbird mentioned? Has it lost its ranking as a thick client?

    • Ashdude

      Opera is closing down their email service. They’re not dropping development of their email app.

      However, Thunderbird is not longer being actively developed. All it’s getting these days are vulnerability patches.

      • xanderdyson

        Fastmail took over the Opera Mail online service I think, or bought the rights and has run with it. It’s a paid service now, but it has a slick simple interface.

    • xanderdyson

      Thunderbird is number 8… Mozilla Thunderbird…

  • xanderdyson

    I really love the overall design of Opera Mail and Mailbird, but of all the clients, only Thunderbird hasn’t drank the two line horizontal list view kool-aid. The Apple Mail client started this, and unfortunately, user interface design is often little more than a bunch of school children chasing the latest fad, and then offering rationalizations afterwards.

    Thunderbird is the only client (aside from Outlook) with an efficient use of widescreen monitors real estate, where you have a list of your messages in one panel, that take up one line which can be sorted by whatever column you want, just like a spreadsheet, and next to it a preview window to the side. Honestly, without that one option, the clients are useless to me, and anyone else that handles a large volume of email.

  • suzy

    I am looking for a smart and supported Email client to replace my beloved Eudora 7.1. Speed, fast search across all or selected mailboxes/folders, smart filters, good sorting capability, support for multiple accounts, a friendly, clean user interface w. message preview (like Eudora’s), option to store mail on my PC, low memory usage and a mailbox format supported by a good migration utility (like Aid4Mail) are important to me. Any suggestions for which one to evaluate? Thanks for any suggestions.

  • dark night

    can some1 reccomens a email client that stays open in the backround and give notifications for multiple email address any of these listed do that digsby was a great one but it isnt worked on anymore so looking for another one

    • Banjo Kazoey

      it gives pop-up notifications for all of your accounts.

      • dark night

        what does?

        • Gabriel Barrón

          I guess all, but Mozilla Thunderbird and Windows Live Mail 2012 allow you to do that.

  • NetImperia

    The Bat Pro more powerful client. It is much more functional.

    • dawesi

      agree, it’s really the only competitor to outlook, and it is way more customisable.

      eg: instead of just putting things in junk, I can bounce them

  • Miguel

    I’m using foxmail for over a year. It has couple unique features like attachments manager, you can see related emails and attachments and so on. Main disadvantage is installer, as its language cannot be changed and you have to install it with #bushes and then change language to english. I didn’t know that opera released their email client as a standalone app. I’m not fond of those new, because inky stores an “encrypted pass” on their servers – whatever it means. I didn’t find anything about mailbird security, thus I won’t touch this software.

  • http://www.fastsigns.com/102 Mox Nix

    Just finishing my first month with eM client. There is a lot to like if it weren’t so quirky. First off, it imported about half my emails from Windows Live. Some subfolders came across, the larger ones did not. However, at first, it seemed like all 12000 emails came over into the Smart Folder (a view of all accounts) as unread. As soon as I marked them as “read”, they’ve disappeared never to be seen again. That’s a big quirk. The sent folder in eM is not mapped to the sent folder from Live Mail, so a new sent folder is created during the import. (that’s just a one time annoying thing that’s easily corrected) Luckily I still have Live Mail installed to view my old emails. Second quirk is the search bar. It doesn’t really find everything. I can search for a company’s domain and pull up 3 emails, but I can search for individuals who also have that domain and pull up a different subset of emails. Third functionality quirk is that you cannot print an attachment with a right click context menu. In Live Mail, I can right click on a PDF attachment, click print, and I’m done. In eM, you can right click, select “Open”, then within Acrobat, select print, then click OK, then close it. The integration with Google Calendar is amazing, but I think I’m getting too annoyed with all this unpolished functionality that I’m going to keep looking. It shows definite promise, but not ready to be King of the Hill yet in my opinion.

  • ollerwe

    I am using Thunderbird and I m happy with it.
    At the same time I would like to test other clients to compare. Is it possible to install another email client to work side by side with Thunderbird? Since I have several accounts from different providers I might move a couple of accounts from one client to the other.
    I use Windows 8.1 .
    Thanks

    • http://www.techattend.com/ Editorial Staff

      Hi ollerwe,
      Yes you can easily use multiple email clients if you want. :)

  • WesleyRiot

    I’ve used thunderbird for a long time but since using windows 8.1 it seems to be crap. is it just me? takes forever to repsond, massive lag when trying to compose an email,and randomly siezes up :/

    • 2m

      Same here. Looking for solution…or another client
      marc

  • DarlingTim

    Em Client is not the best for IMAP – doesnt even support IMAP Push!

  • nico239

    The best email client should be for me
    - preview pdf, word, xls, pwt, attachements inside mail pane with one click like outlook (80% of business mail have attachments…. and we loose too much time and clicks for nothing)
    - html editor like The Bat to create business template
    - inbox pane with 2 lines for each mail

    Only one Foxmail 7.0.93…. but if I could find a much modern one it should be good.

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