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Email Client Recommendations

Woody, from Arkansas asks:

What email client do you recommend for Windows 7 users?

If you are looking for a desktop email client for Windows 7, there are definitely a few good choices available to you. And two of the best are free. Read on to see why Windows Live Mail, or Mozilla’s Thunderbird, could be just what you are looking for.

Windows Live Mail

Windows Live Mail is a free download from the Windows Live site, and it is basically an updated version of Outlook Express. With Windows Live Mail you can easily add accounts from your online email accounts. Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo! Mail and many more are supported. In fact, if you have one of each of these accounts, with Windows Live Mail you can view all your emails from all your accounts in one place.


It has a built-in calendar that will let you schedule events and appointments, an RSS reader to catch up on your favorite feeds, and it will link up with your Windows Live account if you have photos stored online that you would like to forward to friends and family. You can even use it to export your online emails so that you have backup copies on your hard drive.

Overall, it is a great mail client for Windows 7 users. It is reliable, easy to use, and has all the features that you could want from a desktop email client.

Mozilla Thunderbird

Another great free option for Windows 7 is Mozilla’s Thunderbird. Version 3 of this open source email client is a vast improvement on previous incarnations of this popular program. It is much more stable, has fewer bugs, and is packed full of useful features.


With Thunderbird you can add new contacts with one click of the star next to the sender’s name, and you can open messages in tabs just like your browser does. Ever forgot to add an attachment to your email? Thunderbird will remind you to add it if it sees the word ‘attachment’ in the text of your email. It is also compatible with a large array of Mozilla add-ons, and will automatically update itself to the latest and most secure version.

And the winner is…

The truth is, the best email client often comes down to personal preference. Both of these programs are great, free options for Windows 7, but if you are not sure which one to go with, download them both, try them out, and see which one suits you the best.

~Jonathan Wylie