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.
1. eM Client
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.
- 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
- Free version only lets you add two email accounts
- Cold boot takes a lot of time
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 The interface may look outdated compared to today’s standards, but the application does a great job of managing your inbox and works great with services like Gmail, Yahoo and Microsoft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.
- 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
- The GUI looks a bit outdated compared to today’s standards
- The interface feels cluttered at times
- High memory usage
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.
- 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
- Not as feature-laden as many other alternatives
4. Opera Mail
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.
- 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
- 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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